ERIC Number: EJ936981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
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Caregiver Report of Executive Functioning in a Population-Based Sample of Young Children with Down Syndrome
Lee, Nancy Raitano; Fidler, Deborah J.; Blakeley-Smith, Audrey; Daunhauer, Lisa; Robinson, Cordelia; Hepburn, Susan L.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v116 n4 p290-304 Jul 2011
The current study describes everyday executive function (EF) profiles in young children with Down syndrome. Caregivers of children with Down syndrome (n = 26; chronological ages = 4-10 years; mental ages = 2-4 years) completed the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Preschool (BRIEF-P; G. A. Gioia, K. A. Espy, & P. K. Isquith, 2003), a caregiver report measure of everyday/functional EF skills in multiple domains. On the BRIEF-P, elevations were noted on a global EF composite as well as the Working Memory and Plan/Organize scales in particular (relative to norms developed for typically developing children of a similar mental age). These results suggest a specific pattern of EF weaknesses in young children with Down syndrome, consistent with the extant literature that has focused primarily on older individuals who have been tested using laboratory EF tasks.
Descriptors: Mental Age, Caregivers, Down Syndrome, Young Children, Short Term Memory, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Ability, Daily Living Skills, Neurological Impairments
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