Language processing deficits in sickle cell disease in young school-age children

Journal Article

Verbal IQ deficits are frequently reported for school-age children with sickle cell disease (SCD), yet the profile of language abilities in SCD is unclear. We examined semantic, syntactic, and phonological processing in five-to-seven-year-olds at high neurologic risk based on SCD subtype (N = 33), at low neurologic risk with SCD (N = 21), and without SCD (N = 54). Low-risk SCD did not show language processing deficits. High-risk SCD showed deficits in all three language domains. Language processing deficits in SCD at the start of middle childhood are related to neurologic risks and include language skills beyond vocabulary. Copyright © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schatz, J; Puffer, ES; Sanchez, C; Stancil, M; Roberts, CW

Published Date

  • 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 122 - 136

PubMed ID

  • 19142770

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 8756-5641

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/87565640802499191