ERIC Number: EJ885260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Language and Literacy Development in Individuals with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome
Antshel, Kevin M.; Marrinan, Eileen; Kates, Wendy R.; Fremont, Wanda; Shprintzen, Robert J.
Topics in Language Disorders, v29 n2 p170-186 Apr-Jun 2009
Velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS) is a genetic disorder caused by a microdeletion of chromosome 22q11.2. Although there is some variability, VCFS is associated with a characteristic physical, behavioral, and cognitive phenotype. This review article focuses on aspects of language and literacy development in VCFS, describing what is known and offering avenues for future research. The most consistently reported language and literacy findings in the VCFS population include reading, spelling, phonological processing, and auditory verbal rote memory abilities as areas of relative strength. Receptive language abilities are noted to be relatively stronger than expressive language abilities in individuals with VCFS. Speech disorders are very common in VCFS, and the most common compensatory articulation substitution in VCFS is the glottal stop.
Descriptors: Genetic Disorders, Articulation (Speech), Receptive Language, Expressive Language, Literacy, Speech Language Pathology, Communication Disorders, Children, Language Skills, Speech Impairments, Language Impairments
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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