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ERIC Number: EJ1045030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Early Markers of Vulnerable Language Skill Development in Galactosaemia
Lewis, Fiona M.; Coman, David J.; Syrmis, Maryanne
Early Child Development and Care, v184 n12 p1787-1799 2014
There are no known biomedical or genetic markers to identify which infants with galactosaemia (GAL) are most at risk of poor language skill development, yet pre-linguistic communicative "red flag" behaviours are recognised as early identifiers of heightened vulnerability to impaired language development. We report on pre-linguistic development in two 18-month-old infants with GAL (one of each gender). Results identified the male as displaying significantly poorer pre-linguistic skills than both his matched peers and relative to the female infant with GAL, whose pre-linguistic skills were commensurate with or better than her matched peers. The results suggest that by 18 months of age, differential developmental language skills can be identified in infants with GAL when the focus is on pre-linguistic communication behaviours.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales