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Down Syndrome: Neurobehavioural Specificity

Down Syndrome: Neurobehavioural Specificity

Jean-Adolphe Rondal PhD, Juan Perera

ISBN: 978-0-470-01948-1 September 2006 234 Pages


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People with Down Syndrome show a specific developmental profile with strengths in social understanding and visual learning and memory, and more difficulties with motor processes, speech and language, and auditory-vocal short-term memory. It is important that parents, practitioners and teachers know this and adapt interventions and educational approaches to take account of this particular profile.

This is the only book to date that explains the developmental profile of people with Down Syndrome from its many different angles. It covers a range of perspectives, including the biology, psychology, speech and language, health care, and social competence of both children and adults with Down Syndrome. All the information is gathered and placed in the context of the neuro-genetic science that is developing around this area.

List of contributors.


1 Specifi city in Down Syndrome: A New Therapeutic Criterion (J. Perera).

2 Down Syndrome: From Pathology to Pathogenesis (Krystyna E. Wisniewski, Elizabeth Kida, Adam A. Golabek, Mariusz Walus, Ausma Rabe, Sonia Palminiello, Giorgio Albertini).

3 Ageing and Susceptibility to Alzheimer’s Disease in Down Syndrome (David Patterson).

4 Down Syndrome Specifi city in Health Issues (Alberto Rasore Quartino).

5 Neuropsychological Aspects of Down Syndrome (Lynn Nadel).

6 The Contribution of Memory to the Behavioural Phenotype of Down Syndrome (Darlynne A. Devenny).

7 Specifi c Language Profi les in Down Syndrome and other Genetic Syndromes of Mental Retardation (Jean-Adolphe Rondal).

8 Total versus Partial Specifi city in the Behaviour of Persons with Down Syndrome (Robert M. Hodapp).

9 The Emergence of a Syndrome-specifi c Personality Profi le in Young Children with Down Syndrome (Deborah J. Fidler).

10 Learning Diffi culties in Down Syndrome (Giovanni Maria Guazzo).

11 Off to a Good Start: Early Intervention for Infants and Young Children with Down Syndrome and their Families (Donna Spiker).

12 Family Setting in Down Syndrome (Salvatore Soresi, Laura Nota, Lea Ferrari).