Performance and Ratings Based Measures of Executive Function in School-Aged Children With Down Syndrome

Daunhauer, L. A., Gerlach-McDonald, B., Will, E., & Fidler, D. J.
2017

From the abstract: "We examined performance-based laboratory tasks and ratings-based assessments of executive function (EF) in school-aged children with Down syndrome and mental-age matched peers along with adaptive functioning. Methods. A battery of assessments including EF laboratory tasks was collected. Results. The DS group performed both working memory/inhibition and planning laboratory tasks with significant challenges. Moderate correlations were evident only between some laboratory tasks and ratings-based EF domains. However, ratings-based EF better predicted adaptive function than performance on an EF laboratory-based task. Conclusions. Findings underscore the need to address early and targeted EF intervention in children with DS."

Citation: Daunhauer, L. A., Gerlach-McDonald, B., Will, E., & Fidler, D. J. (2017). Performance and ratings based measure of executive function in school-aged children with Down syndrome. Developmental Neuropsychology, 42, 351-368.
DOI: 10.1080/87565641.2017.1360303