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Comparing spoken language treatments for minimally verbal pre-schoolers with autism spectrum disorders

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TitleComparing spoken language treatments for minimally verbal pre-schoolers with autism spectrum disorders
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractPreschoolers with severe autism and minimal speech were assigned either a discrete trial or a naturalistic language treatment, and parents of all participants also received parent responsiveness training. After 12 weeks, both groups showed comparable improvement in number of spoken words produced, on average. Approximately half the children in each group achieved benchmarks for the first stage of functional spoken language development, as defined by Tager-Flusberg et al. (J Speech Lang Hear Res, 52: 643–652, 2009). Analyses of moderators of treatment suggest that joint attention moderates response to both treatments, and children with better receptive language pre-treatment do better with the naturalistic method, while those with lower receptive language show better response to the discrete trial treatment. The implications of these findings are discussed.
AuthorsPaul, R., Campbell D., Gilbert K., and Tsiouri I.
Year of Publication2013
PublicationJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume43
Issue2
PublisherSpringer
Pages418-431
ISSN0162-3257 (print), 1573-3432 (electronic)
Publisher DOIhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-012-1583-z
Keywords (MeSH)child, child development disorders, language development disorders, language therapy, treatment outcome, vocabulary
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