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ERIC Number: EJ916855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0265-6590
Using Visual Strategies to Support Verbal Comprehension in an Adolescent with Down Syndrome
Lecas, Jean-Francois; Mazaud, Anne-Marie; Reibel, Esther; Rey, Arnaud
Child Language Teaching and Therapy, v27 n1 p84-96 Feb 2011
It has been frequently reported that children with Down syndrome have deficits in verbal short-term memory while having relatively good performance in visual short-term memory tasks. Such verbal deficits have a detrimental effect on various high-level cognitive processes, most notably language comprehension. In this study, we report the case of an adolescent with Down syndrome whose verbal short-term memory and comprehension capacities are impaired. Noting that his visual memory remained relatively well preserved, we developed a remediation strategy based on his visual abilities to support his verbal memory deficit. This remediation led to significant improvements in verbal short-term memories of story and thematic units as well as in overall story comprehension. These results are consistent with recent findings suggesting that deficits in verbal short-term memory can be compensated by efficient visual memory abilities. (Contains 1 figure and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Primary Education
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Language: English
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