Understanding of Intentionality in Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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

The Development in Neurogenetic Disorders (DND) Lab is interested in when children with intellectual and developmental disabilities begin to understand the intentional actions of others.  For example, you are trying to open a jar of spaghetti sauce, but are unable to open it. At what age does your child understand that what you are trying to do is open the jar?

How much time will this take?

Your child will be asked to play with some toys and be given the Mullen Scales of Early Learning, which is a developmental assessment for language and cognitive abilities.  Both of these activities will take no more than 1 hour.

Who can participate? And where?

Children between the ages of 2 and 5 who have mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities can participate. Participants will be visited in their home at a time that is best for them (i.e. evenings, afternoons, weekends).

What are the benefits?

  1. Your child will receive a small toy for their participation.
  2. This study will contribute to the greater understanding of early development in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Want to find out more?

Contact Us!

Phone: 217-265-8043

Email: thedndlab@illinois.edu