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Title: Predictors of language acquisition in preschool children with autism spectrum disorders
Authors: Thurm, Audrey
Lord, Catherine
Lee, Li-Ching
Newschaffer, Craig J.
Keywords: Autism;Language;Preschool;Predictors;Outcome
Issue Date: 19-Dec-2006
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Citation: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Abstract: In 118 children followed from age 2 to 5 (59 with autism, 24 with PDD-NOS and 35 with nonspectrum developmental disabilities), age 2 and age 3 scores of non-verbal ability, receptive communication, expressive communication and socialization were compared as predictors of receptive and expressive language at age 5. Non-verbal cognitive ability at age 2 was generally the strongest predictor of age 5 language, while at age 3 communication scores were a stronger predictor of age 5 language for children with autism. Early joint attention as well as vocal and motor imitation skills were more impaired in children who did not develop language by age 5 (but had relatively strong non-verbal cognitive skills) than in children who did develop language by 5.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-006-0300-1
Appears in Collections:Faculty Research and Publications (Epidemiology and Biostatistics)

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