Genetic Etiologies of Mental Retardation: Issues for Interventions and Interventionists

Authors: Hodapp, R.M.; DesJardin, J.L.

Source: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Volume 14, Number 4, December 2002 , pp. 323-338(16)

Publisher: Springer

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This paper outlines some practical implications of new work on the behavioral effects of genetic mental retardation disorders. After describing historical and definitional issues concerning so-called “behavioral phenotypes,” we use Down syndrome and Williams syndrome to illustrate how specific genetic disorders might differentially predispose individuals to particular, etiology-related behaviors. We then explore educational and other intervention implications of such etiology-related behaviors, before ending with a discussion of the area's critical unresolved issues.

Keywords: Williams syndrome; behavioral phenotype; down syndrome; etiology; visually-based vs. auditory-based approaches

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: UCLA, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, Los Angeles, California

Publication date: December 1, 2002

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