A research team funded by the National Institutes of Health have established a test to examine the meaningful language skills of people with Down syndrome, a condition resulting from an added duplicate or piece of chromosome 21. Meaningful language is the use of words to communicate implying to others. Language hold-ups prevail in people with Down syndrome, and the research study authors think their test provides a more reliable way to assess prospective language interventions, compared to current assessment techniques. The 107 individuals in the research study varied from 6 to 23 years of ages, and all had an IQ of 70 or much less. Similarly, ratings were regular with those of other language tests the participants took. Participants whose language was limited to fundamental expressions and those who had a developmental degree below 4 years old had trouble finishing the test. The researchers concluded the test appropriated for most people with Down syndrome from 6 to 23 years old, yet they require additional researches to develop other procedures for those with more limited spoken language abilities.
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