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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Object affordances in young children with Down syndrome
by Norell, Caroline Ann, M.S., Colorado State University, 2011, 59; 1503624
Abstract (Summary)

Young children with Down syndrome (DS) have limited exploration of their surroundings (Loveland, 1987). This may have long-term effects for the development of representations of object affordances in this population. This study aims to look at the relationship between developmental status and object affordance skills in young children with DS. The sample consisted of thirteen 1 to 4 year olds with DS. The Mullen Scales of Early learning served as the developmental measure, an object retrieval task and the Fewell play scales were used to assess object affordance skills. The results of the study indicate that a higher developmental status is highly correlated with increased exploration of objects. These results contribute to the overall field of information regarding DS, but specifically to interventions to aid in the development of object affordances.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fidler, Deborah J.
Commitee: MacPhee, David, Most, David E.
School: Colorado State University
Department: Human Development & Family Studies
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Developmental psychology, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Down syndrome, Object affordances
Publication Number: 1503624
ISBN: 978-1-267-09749-1
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