Pre-linguistic communication skill development in an infant with a diagnosis of galactosemia

Lewis, Fiona M., Coman, David J., Kilcoyne, Sarah, Murdoch, Bruce E. and Syrmis, Maryanne (2014) Pre-linguistic communication skill development in an infant with a diagnosis of galactosemia. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 17 5: 291-297. doi:10.3109/17518423.2012.753479

Author Lewis, Fiona M.
Coman, David J.
Kilcoyne, Sarah
Murdoch, Bruce E.
Syrmis, Maryanne
Title Pre-linguistic communication skill development in an infant with a diagnosis of galactosemia
Journal name Developmental Neurorehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1751-8423
Publication date 2014-10
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/17518423.2012.753479
Open Access Status
Volume 17
Issue 5
Start page 291
End page 297
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Neonatal screening for galactosaemia (GAL) identifies the condition early, but subsequent biomedical and genetic testing fails to identify which subgroup of infants with GAL are at most risk of the language disorders associated with the condition. This study aims to present preliminary data on an infant with GAL based on assessment of pre-linguistic communication behaviours known to underpin language development.

This single case-control study profiles the pre-linguistic skills of a 13-month-old infant with GAL. The Index Infant's performance was descriptively compared to that of a typically developing, suitably matched control infant.

The Index Infant was identified as presenting with clinically significant delays on 9 of the 11 pre-linguistic skills assessed.

Discussion and Conclusion:
The early identification of risk of developmental language difficulties in the Index Infant allows for the implementation of early intervention using the infant's parents as facilitators of language stimulation. Monitoring of the infant's progress is warranted.
Keyword Galactosaemia
Pre-linguistic communication skills
Deficient language skill development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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