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Using visual strategies to support verbal comprehension in an adolescent with Down syndrome

Abstract : It has been frequently reported that children with Down syndrome have deficits in verbal short-term memory while having relatively good performance in visual short-term memory tasks. Such verbal deficits have a detrimental effect on various high-level cognitive processes, most notably language comprehension. In this study, we report the case of an adolescent with Down syndrome whose verbal short-term memory and comprehension capacities are impaired. Noting that his visual memory remained relatively well preserved, we developed a remediation strategy based on his visual abilities to support his verbal memory deficit. This remediation led to significant improvements in verbal short-term memories of story and thematic units as well as in overall story comprehension. These results are consistent with recent findings suggesting that deficits in verbal short-term memory can be compensated by efficient visual memory abilities.
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Jean-François Lecas, Anne-Marie Mazaud, Esther Reibel, Arnaud Rey. Using visual strategies to support verbal comprehension in an adolescent with Down syndrome. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, SAGE Publications, 2011, 27 (1), pp.84-96. ⟨10.1177/0265659010371564⟩. ⟨hal-01440383⟩

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