Title: Is the good-imitator-poor-talker profile syndrome-specific in Down syndrome?: Evidence from standardised imitation and language measures
Authors: Vanvuchelen, Marleen ×
Feys, Hilde
De Weerdt, Willy #
Issue Date: Jan-2011
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Series Title: Research in Developmental Disabilities vol:32 issue:1 pages:148-157
Abstract: The emergence of the Down syndrome (DS) behavioural phenotype during early development may be of great importance to early interventionists. The main goal of this study was to investigate the good-imitator-poor-talker developmental profile in DS at preschool age. Twenty preschoolers with Down syndrome (DS; mean nonverbal mental age NMA 1y10m) and 15 children with non-specific mental retardation (NS-MR; mean NMA 1y11m) participated in this study. The Preschool Imitation and Praxis Scale (PIPS) and the Dutch version of the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories (N-CDI) were used to determine absolute and relative (contrasted to a nonverbal mental age reference) imitation and language abilities. Results revealed that there was clear evidence for a good-imitator-poor-talker profile in preschoolers with DS. However, only the advanced bodily imitation ability seems to be syndrome-specific. Clinical implications of these findings are considered.
Description: DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2010.09.010
ISSN: 0891-4222
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group for Neuromotor Rehabilitation
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences - miscellaneous
Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
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