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Speech preference is associated with autistic-like behavior in 18-months-olds at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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PMID:  23334808     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We examined whether infants' preference for speech at 12 months is associated with autistic-like behaviors at 18 months in infants who are at increased risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) because they have an older sibling diagnosed with ASD and in low-risk infants. Only low-risk infants listened significantly longer to speech than to nonspeech at 12 months. In both groups, relative preference for speech correlated positively with general cognitive ability at 12 months. However, in high-risk infants only, preference for speech was associated with autistic-like behavior at 18 months, while in low-risk infants, preference for speech correlated with language abilities. This suggests that in children at risk for ASD an atypical species-specific bias for speech may underlie atypical social development.
Suzanne Curtin; Athena Vouloumanos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of autism and developmental disorders     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1573-3432     ISO Abbreviation:  J Autism Dev Disord     Publication Date:  2013 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-08-16     Completed Date:  2014-03-20     Revised Date:  2014-09-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7904301     Medline TA:  J Autism Dev Disord     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2114-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / diagnosis*,  psychology*
Infant Behavior / psychology*
Language Development*
Risk Factors
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