Impaired language abilities and pre-linguistic communication skills in a child with a diagnosis of galactosaemia

Lewis, Fiona M., Coman, David J., Syrmis, Maryanne, Kilcoyne, Sarah and Murdoch, Bruce E. (2012) Impaired language abilities and pre-linguistic communication skills in a child with a diagnosis of galactosaemia. Early Child Development and Care, 183 12: 1747-1757. doi:10.1080/03004430.2012.751101


Author Lewis, Fiona M.
Coman, David J.
Syrmis, Maryanne
Kilcoyne, Sarah
Murdoch, Bruce E.
Title Impaired language abilities and pre-linguistic communication skills in a child with a diagnosis of galactosaemia
Journal name Early Child Development and Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-4430
1476-8275
Publication date 2012-12-19
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03004430.2012.751101
Volume 183
Issue 12
Start page 1747
End page 1757
Total pages 11
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Variable language outcomes have been reported in children with the metabolic disorder galactosaemia (GAL), but these outcomes do not appear to be related to the severity of symptoms in the neonatal period, compliance with the non-dairy diet, or IQ. Currently, there is no means by which at-risk children with GAL can be identified early to initiate proactive language support. This case–control study aimed to provide preliminary data on pre-linguistic communication skills and current language skill performance in a male school-aged child with the disorder. Although the child's cognitive skills were in the average range, he presented with significantly reduced auditory comprehension skills and reduced skills across a number of pre-linguistic behaviours known to predict subsequent language skill development. The findings suggest that further investigation of early-developing pre-linguistic communication skills in children with GAL is warranted, in particular, prospective monitoring of emergent pre-linguistic communication skills in infants with the disorder.
Keyword Galactosaemia
Childhood language development
Pre-linguistic skills
Language deficits
Infant communication skills
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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