ERIC Number: EJ904101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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Reference Count: 168
Language Development in Down Syndrome: From the Prelinguistic Period to the Acquisition of Literacy
Abbeduto, Leonard; Warren, Steven F.; Conners, Frances A.
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, v13 n3 p247-261 2007
Down syndrome (DS) is associated with abnormalities in multiple organ systems and a characteristic phenotype that includes numerous behavioral features. Language, however, is among the most impaired domains of functioning in DS and, perhaps, also the greatest barrier to independent meaningful inclusion in the community. In this article, we review what is known about the extent, nature, and correlates of the language and related problems of individuals with Down syndrome. In doing so, we focus largely on the syndrome-specific features of the language phenotype, although we also consider within-syndrome variation. The review focuses on the prelinguistic foundations of language and the major components of language (i.e., vocabulary, syntax, and pragmatics). We also consider two topics in the treatment and education of individuals with DS: prelinguistic communication intervention and the acquisition of literacy skills.
Descriptors: Syntax, Down Syndrome, Literacy, Language Acquisition, Pragmatics, Emergent Literacy, Vocabulary Development, Special Education, Communication Skills, Auditory Perception, Psychomotor Skills, Imitation, Attention, Phonology, Child Development, Literature Reviews
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