Early Development in Down Syndrome

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What is the Development in Neurogenetic Disorders (DND) Lab studying?

The Development in Neurogenetic Disorders (DND) Lab is interested in early development—cognition, language, and social skills—and physiology in children with Down syndrome.

What will the Development in Neurogenetic Disorders (DND) Lab do? And how much time will it take?

Your child will be asked to play with a variety of toys and be given the Mullen Scales of Early Learning, which is a developmental assessment for language and cognitive abilities. We will also ask you to play with your child with some toys. We may monitor your child’s heart activity when they are playing with the toys. Additionally, we will ask both you and your child to provide a saliva sample and ask you to complete several forms and questionnaires. These activities will take about 2 hours. We will also ask you to record your child’s vocalizations during a normal day.

Who can participate? And where?

Children between the ages of 6 and 12 months with Down syndrome and their mothers can participate.

  • Participation involves three in-person visits at 12, 18, and 24 months with questionnaires and a language recorder sent to you via mail at 15 and 21 months.
  • Participants will either be visited in their home or can come to our lab at the University of Illinois at a time that is best for them (i.e. evenings, afternoons, weekends).

What are the benefits?

  1. You and your child will receive a total of $80 for this study ($20 for each in-person visit and $10 for completing distance visits).
  2. This study will contribute to the greater understanding of early development in children with Down syndrome.

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