Assessing Joint Attention Responding and Initiation in Children with Angelman Syndrome
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume 24, Issue 5, pages 450–458, September 2011
How to Cite
Summers, J. and Impey, J. (2011), Assessing Joint Attention Responding and Initiation in Children with Angelman Syndrome. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 24: 450–458. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2011.00625.x
- Issue published online: 8 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2011
- Accepted for publication26 January 2011
- Angelman syndrome;
- behavioural assessment;
- joint attention
Background Angelman syndrome (AS) is a rare neurogenetic disorder that overlaps with autism and is associated with severe cognitive, speech and motor impairments. Communication and social deficits are found among children with AS, both of which may be linked to impairments in joint attention.
Methods The participants in this study were four children with a genetically confirmed diagnosis of AS, aged 5–10. Children’s joint attention responding and initiation were measured using a modified version of a structured assessment protocol from MacDonald et al. (2006).
Results Children’s ability to respond to joint attention bids was less impaired than their ability to initiate joint attention.
Conclusions Differences in children’s response patterns are discussed in relation to their characteristics on measures of cognitive, adaptive and language functioning as well as on a measure of autistic symptomatology. A better understanding of the nature of joint attention deficits in children with AS may assist with developing remedial approaches to improve their communication and social skills.