Weak hand preference in children with down syndrome is associated with language deficits

Groen, M. A. and Yasin, I. and Laws, G. and Barry, J. G. and Bishop, D. V. M. (2008) Weak hand preference in children with down syndrome is associated with language deficits. Developmental Psychobiology, 50 (3). pp. 242-250. ISSN 0012-1630

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Abstract

Abstract This study explores associations between language ability and hand preference in children with Down syndrome. Compared to typically developing children of the same age, children with Down syndrome showed weaker hand preference, were less consistent in the hand they used and also less willing to reach to extreme positions in contralateral space. Within the group of children with Down syndrome, those who showed a stronger or more consistent hand preference had better language and memory skills. This association could not be explained by differences in non-verbal cognitive ability or hearing loss. These findings are discussed within the theory of neurolinguistic development proposed by Locke [Locke (1997). Brain & Language, 58, 265?326]. ? 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Psychobiol 50: 242?250, 2008.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Developmental Psychobiology
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3204
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 130936
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2019 15:20
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 04:58
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/130936

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