GLOBAL Webinars July 2023

Communication Development and Down Syndrome: Strengths and Challenges, Patterns of Change, and Potential Interventions


This informative GLOBAL Webinar covered the abilities of people with Down syndrome in different areas of communication; changes in communication from the infant and toddler years through early adulthood; how communication is evaluated in research and in clinic; and approaches to intervention.

The webinar attracted 350 registrations from 41 states and 16 countries (Albania, Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, and United Kingdom).


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Leonard Abbeduto, PhD, is the Director of the MIND Institute, Tsakopoulos-Vismara Endowed Chair, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis. His research is focused broadly on the development of language across the lifespan in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and on the family context for language development. Dr. Abbeduto has published more than 230 articles, chapters, reviews, and books on Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, autism, and child development. His program of research has been funded nearly continuously by the National Institutes of Health since 1985. His current research is focused on understanding variation in language outcomes in various conditions associated with intellectual disability, the measurement of treatment effects in clinical trials, and the use of distance technology to deliver behavioral treatments. He earned his PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1982.

Angela Thurman, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and faculty at the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on characterizing the dynamic processes underlying language development and the development of other skills in individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions, particularly autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, and fragile X syndrome. Dr. Thurman’s current projects focus on characterizing individuals’ differences within and across different neurodevelopmental conditions and identifying the factors influencing child development. She is also interested in developing and validating new methods for measuring cognitive, emotional, and behavioral skills across the lifespan. The long-range goal is that this work will help identify the extent to which similar or different processes should be targeted in intervention efforts and improve assessment practices across the lifespan.


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