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Developmental trajectories of structural and pragmatic language skills in school-aged children with Williams syndrome.

Authors
  • Van Den Heuvel, E1
  • Manders, E2
  • Swillen, A3, 4
  • Zink, I2, 5
  • 1 Department of Neurosciences, Research Group Experimental Oto-Rhino-Laryngology (ExpORL), KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. [email protected] , (Belgium)
  • 2 Department of Neurosciences, Research Group Experimental Oto-Rhino-Laryngology (ExpORL), KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. , (Belgium)
  • 3 Department of Human Genetics, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. , (Belgium)
  • 4 Center for Human Genetics, University Hospitals Leuven, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. , (Belgium)
  • 5 Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, MUCLA, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. , (Belgium)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of intellectual disability research : JIDR
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2016
Volume
60
Issue
10
Pages
903–919
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/jir.12329
PMID: 27546029
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

The data provide new insights into diverging developmental trajectories across language domains. Expressive structural language skills tend to progress more rapidly than receptive language skills in children with WS causing more distinctive language profiles over time. Some children with WS seem to benefit from the growth in expressive structural language abilities to enhance their expressive pragmatic language skills, while in some others these abilities remain challenging. This study highlights the need for continued follow-up of language challenges in WS and for a dynamic and individualised interventional approach.

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