22q deletion - Education Supports

What you need to know

It is important to have HIGH EXPECTATIONS for learning for children who have 22q Deletion Velocardiofacial syndrome.

  • Most children (90%) with 22q deletion experience some degree of developmental disability with delayed speech and language development as the most consistent feature.
  • In formal standardized testing, most school aged children have a full scale IQ in the category of borderline intellectual disability (full scale IQ of 71-85).
  • A school aged child with 22q deletion will typically have an unusual neuropsychological profile with a significantly higher verbal IQ than performance IQ with strengths and weaknesses suggestive of a nonverbal learning disorder.
  • Common strengths
    • Rote verbal learning and memory
    • Reading, decoding and spelling
  • Common difficulties
    • Nonverbal processing
    • Visual-spatial skills
    • Complex verbal memory
    • Attention
    • Working memory
    • Visual-spatial memory
    • Mathematics

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  • Attention and memory

  • Math

  • Motor and sensory

  • Communication

What you can do

Consider an IEP or 504 plan in order to address the educational challenges in a more individualized manner. Click here for our indepth IEP/504 page. Be alert for warning signs of problems:

  • Late or missing assignments
  • Unfinished work
  • Work attempted, but done incorrectly
  • Quietness in class – lack of questions
  • Difficulty retelling a story
  • Social or behavioral problems

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  • Interventions for attention and memory

  • Interventions for learning math

  • Interventions for motor and sensory development

  • Interventions for communication

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