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Early communication development and intervention for children with autism.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17326115     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder defined by impairments in social and communication development, accompanied by stereotyped patterns of behavior and interest. The focus of this paper is on the early development of communication in autism, and early intervention for impairments in communication associated with this disorder. An overview of components of communication is provided. Communication characteristics that are diagnostic of autism are summarized, with consideration of the overlap between social and communication impairment, particularly for children with autism functioning at the prelinguistic level. Early communication development and predictors of communication functioning in autism are examined, based on a review of prospective and retrospective studies. The focus of the discussion then turns to intervention. Consideration is given to the rationale for beginning intervention as early in life as possible for children with autism. Implications of motor, imitation, and play deficits for communication-based intervention are examined. Finally, issues related to the design and delivery of intervention for young children with autism are presented, along with a review of the major early intervention approaches for autism.
Rebecca Landa
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Mental retardation and developmental disabilities research reviews     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1080-4013     ISO Abbreviation:  Ment Retard Dev Disabil Res Rev     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-05     Completed Date:  2007-04-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9517974     Medline TA:  Ment Retard Dev Disabil Res Rev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  16-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Autistic Disorder / epidemiology*
Communication Disorders / diagnosis,  epidemiology*,  therapy*
Language Development Disorders / diagnosis,  epidemiology*,  therapy*
Language Therapy / methods*
Play and Playthings
Verbal Learning

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