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Residual language deficits in optimal outcome children with a history of autism.
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PMID:  16897404     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined whether language deficits persist even in children with optimal outcomes. We examined a group of children with prior diagnoses on the autism spectrum who had IQs in the normal range, were in age-appropriate mainstream classes, and had improved to such an extent that they were considered to be functioning at the level of their typically developing peers. Fourteen such children between the ages of five and nine were matched on age and sex with typically developing children, and were given a battery of 10 language tests to investigate their language abilities. Results indicated that while these children's grammatical capabilities are mostly indistinguishable from their peers, they are still experiencing difficulties in pragmatic and semantic language.
Elizabeth Kelley; Jennifer J Paul; Deborah Fein; Letitia R Naigles
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of autism and developmental disorders     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0162-3257     ISO Abbreviation:  J Autism Dev Disord     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-08-23     Completed Date:  2007-01-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7904301     Medline TA:  J Autism Dev Disord     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  807-28     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, 406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020, Storrs, CT 06269-1020, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asperger Syndrome / diagnosis*,  therapy
Autistic Disorder / diagnosis*,  therapy
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / diagnosis*,  therapy
Child, Preschool
Early Intervention (Education)*
Follow-Up Studies
Language Development Disorders / diagnosis*,  therapy
Language Tests*
Mainstreaming (Education)*

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