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Title: Is the good-imitator-poor-talker profile syndrome-specific in Down syndrome at preschool age?: Evidence from standardised imitation and language measures
Authors: Vanvuchelen, M.
Feys, H.
De Weerdt, W.
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Research in developmental disabilities, 32 (1), p. 148-157
Abstract: The emergence of the Down syndrome (DS) behavioural phenotype during early development may be of great importance for early intervention. The main goal of this study was to investigate the good-imitator-poor-talker developmental profile in DS at preschool age. Twenty children with Down syndrome (DS; mean nonverbal mental age NMA 1 y10m) and 15 children with non-specific mental retardation (NS-MR; mean NMA 1 y11 m) 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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/13247
DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2010.09.010
ISSN: 0891-4222
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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