Lenguaje de niños y jóvenes con síndrome de deleción 22q11

Translated title of the contribution: The language of children and young people with 22q11 deletion syndrome

Diana Sebastián-Lázaro*, Carme Brun-Gasca, Albert Fornieles-Deu

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Introduction. The 22q11 deletion syndrome (S22q11) is one of the most prevalent genetic disorders, resulting in multiple systemic and neuropsychological features. Aim. To describe the language profile in a sample of Spanish subjects with S22q11. Patients and methods. A sample of 30 Spanish participants with S22q11 aged between 5 years and 21 years and 11 months (mean: 12.14 ± 4.20 years) was evaluated using standardized tests and a questionnaire administered to parents. Results. Almost half of the subjects obtained better results in expressive language than in comprehensive language and the majority obtained a higher score in language content than in language memory. The results suggest that people with S22q11 present language difficulties that improve with age to a certain level and subsequently stabilize. A specific profile is observed that suggests that pragmatic difficulties are a consequence of this language profile and not only of social difficulties already described in this pathology. Conclusions. In the sample of the present study, children and young people with S22q11 present specific language and pragmatic disorders. More than half of the study participants did not obtain significant differences between the level of expressive and receptive language. Most presented semantic fluency difficulties. The type and degree of impairment in pragmatic skills suggest that the basic problem may be related to their language difficulties.

Translated title of the contributionThe language of children and young people with 22q11 deletion syndrome
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)99-109
Number of pages11
JournalRevista de Neurologia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020


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