Language disturbances in a group of participants suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: A pilot study

F. Fabbro, A. Marini, G. Felisari, G. P. Comi, M. G. D'Angelo, A. C. Turconi, N. Bresolin

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Abstract

Results from several studies suggest that the process of language acquisition may be altered in patients suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In this study, a group of 8 male participants with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (M age = 16 yr., SD = 4.7) underwent an extensive neuropsychological and language assessment. They also performed a discourse production task. Results showed mild mental retardation associated with a specific deficit in Verbal rather than Performance IQ. At the linguistic assessment, 7 of 8 participants showed moderate to severe difficulties on oral language processing with particularly impaired morphosyntactic competence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-676
Number of pages14
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Volume104
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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