Early markers of vulnerable language skill development in galactosaemia

Lewis, Fiona M., Coman, David J. and Syrnis, Maryanne (2014) Early markers of vulnerable language skill development in galactosaemia. Early Child Development and Care, 184 12: 1787-1799. doi:10.1080/03004430.2013.878712

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Author Lewis, Fiona M.
Coman, David J.
Syrnis, Maryanne
Title Early markers of vulnerable language skill development in galactosaemia
Journal name Early Child Development and Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-4430
Publication date 2014-01-21
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03004430.2013.878712
Open Access Status
Volume 184
Issue 12
Start page 1787
End page 1799
Total pages 13
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
There are no known biomedical or genetic markers to identify which infants with galactosaemia (GAL) are most at risk of poor language skill development, yet pre-linguistic communicative “red flag” behaviors are recognised as early identifiers of heightened vulnerability to impaired language development. We report on pre-linguistic development in two 18-month old infants with GAL (one of each gender). Results identified the male as displaying significantly poorer pre-linguistic skills than both his matched peers and relative to the female infant with GAL, whose pre-linguistic skills were commensurate with or better than her matched peers. The results suggest that by 18 months of age, differential developmental language skills can be identified in infants with GAL when the focus is on pre-linguistic communication behaviours.
Keyword Galactosaemia
Pre-linguistic communication
Early markers of vulnerability
Early identification and intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 23 Dec 2013, 08:07:15 EST by Dr Fiona Lewis on behalf of School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences