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Individual and Environmental Characteristics Associated with Cognitive Development in Down Syndrome: A Longitudinal Study

Couzens, Donna, Haynes, Michele, Cuskelly, Monica,

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2012

In this study, associations among cognitive development and intrapersonal and environmental characteristics were investigated for 89 longitudinal study participants with Down syndrome to understand developmental patterns associated with cognitive strengths and weaknesses.

Conclusions  Early cognitive advantage and consistent opportunities to learn academic content appear to facilitate cognitive development, although this latter was confounded with ability and maternal education in this study. Data presented endorse research into interventions that enhance verbal and problem solving environments through-out early and middle childhood and target reductions in negative affect in relation to supporting cognitive development for individuals with Down syndrome.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities

Location : International

Domain/s: Education, Health and wellbeing

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