Understanding chromosome disorders and their implications for special educators

Gilmore, Linda (2014) Understanding chromosome disorders and their implications for special educators. Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences, 9(1), pp. 14-20.

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Abstract

More children are now being diagnosed with chromosome abnormalities. Some chromosome disorder syndromes are relatively well known; while others are so rare that there is only limited evidence about their likely impact on learning and development. For educators, a basic level of knowledge about chromosome abnormalities is important for understanding the literature and communicating with families and professionals. This paper describes chromosomes, and the numerical and structural anomalies that can occur, usually spontaneously during early cell division. Distinctive features of various chromosome syndromes are summarised before a discussion of the rare chromosome disorders that are labelled, not with a syndrome name, but simply by a description of the chromosome number, size and shape. Because of the potential within-group variability that characterises syndromes, and the scarcity of literature about the rare chromosome disorders, expectations for learning and development of individual students need to be based on the range of possible outcomes that may be achievable.

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ID Code: 70451
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: chromosomes, chromosome disorders, chromosome abnormalities, rare chromosome disorders, developmental outcomes
ISSN: 1305-905X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 SPROC LTD. Academic World Education & Research Center
Deposited On: 24 Apr 2014 01:59
Last Modified: 05 May 2014 11:49

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