Early communicative skills in galactosaemia

Lewis, F. M., Coman, D. J., Kilcoyne, S., Syrmis, M. and Murdoch, B. E. (2012). Early communicative skills in galactosaemia. In: Developmental Neurorehabilitation Conference, Jasper, Canada, (). 15-16 December 2012.

Author Lewis, F. M.
Coman, D. J.
Kilcoyne, S.
Syrmis, M.
Murdoch, B. E.
Title of paper Early communicative skills in galactosaemia
Conference name Developmental Neurorehabilitation Conference
Conference location Jasper, Canada
Conference dates 15-16 December 2012
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Oral presentation
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Background: Neonatal screening for galactosaemia identifies the condition early, but subsequent biomedical and genetic testing fails to identify which subgroup of infants with galactosaemia are at most risk of the language disorders associated with the condition. This report aims to present preliminary data on an infant with galactosaemia based on assessment of pre-linguistic communication behaviours known to underpin language development.

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

Results: The Index Infant was identified as presenting with clinically-significant delays on nine of the eleven 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 EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Collection: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
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