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Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the LifespanA neuroconstructivist approach$
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Emily K. Farran and Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199594818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594818.001.0001

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Integrating domain-general and domain-specific developmental processes: Cross-syndrome, cross-domain dynamics

Integrating domain-general and domain-specific developmental processes: Cross-syndrome, cross-domain dynamics

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Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the Lifespan
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Ann Steele

Janice Brown

Gaia Scerif

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594818.003.0079

This chapter asks novel questions of old and new data, aiming to elucidate the relationships between attention, language, and number early in the development of people with Williams syndrome (WS). In order to understand better whether these cross-domain relations are specific to WS, it raises these questions with respect to infants with WS, and compares them with infants with Down syndrome (DS) and with typically developing (TD) children. It also asks how attentional processes relate to precursors of literacy and numeracy in older children with WS or DS and in TD children, to assess potentially changing relationships across domain-general and domain-specific processes over developmental time. In addition, it contrasts the attentional profile of WS to that of another neurodevelopmental disorder of known genetic origin, fragile X syndrome, to illustrate insights that can be gained from cross-syndrome comparisons.

Keywords:   attention, language, numeracy, literacy, Williams syndrome, downs syndrome, typically developing children, fragile X syndrome

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