|5.||Although the research conducted to the present time has been useful and suggests important biological mechanisms, soft signs still need to be investigated further for their relationship to early developmental risk factors and broader neuropsychological outcome.|
|6.||A multivariate model using soft signs as infrabehavioral markers holds the most promise for future investigations of the elusive soft signs-minor neurological dysfunction connection.|
Discussion and consideration of soft signs touches on concerns regarding the detection and importance of mild degrees of brain pathology that appear to have a subtle but measureable impact on development and functioning. A better understanding of these soft signs--because they are a more exaggerated example of more general difficulties in neurobehavioral measurement and conceptualization--will ultimately help us to better understand brain-behavior relationships in developing children.
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