A Case Study of a Child With Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum This report presents the results of 10 years of observation and testing of a female child with a congenital agenesis of the corpus callosum. The agenesis was diagnosed from CT scans completed to rule out neurological causes for developmental delays. Results of this longitudinal observation and testing revealed that language ... Clinical Focus: Case Study
Clinical Focus: Case Study  |   August 01, 1997
A Case Study of a Child With Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • David N. Sorensen
    Idaho State University
  • Contact author: David N. Sorensen, PhD, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Idaho State University, Box 8116, Pocatello, ID 83209
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Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / School-Based Settings / Language Disorders / Clinical Focus / Case Study
Clinical Focus: Case Study   |   August 01, 1997
A Case Study of a Child With Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1997, Vol. 6, 36-44. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0603.36
History: Received June 10, 1996 , Accepted May 20, 1997
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1997, Vol. 6, 36-44. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0603.36
History: Received June 10, 1996; Accepted May 20, 1997

This report presents the results of 10 years of observation and testing of a female child with a congenital agenesis of the corpus callosum. The agenesis was diagnosed from CT scans completed to rule out neurological causes for developmental delays. Results of this longitudinal observation and testing revealed that language and speech evolved over time. Despite extensive speech and language treatment, a persistent language impairment continued to exist. Each year there was a widening gap between the child's language skills and those expected for her age. A prominent feature of the language impairment was a pragmatic deficit. A moderate oral apraxia was also present throughout the 10-year period during which this child was observed.

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