Joint Attention and Early Social Developmental Cascades in Neurogenetic Disorders

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This review examines what is known about joint attention and early social development in three neurogenetic syndromes: Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, and fragile X syndrome. In addition, the potential cascading effects of joint attention on subsequent social development, especially social interaction and social cognition, are proposed. The potential issues and complexities associated with conducting prospective, longitudinal studies of infant social development in neurogenetic disorders are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-152
Number of pages30
JournalInternational Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities
StatePublished - 2016


  • Developmental cascades
  • Down syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Joint attention
  • Neurogenetic disorders
  • Social development
  • Williams syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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