Language Growth in Young Children with Autism: Interactions Between Language Production and Social Communication

Jessica Blume, Kacie Wittke, Letitia Naigles, Ann M. Mastergeorge

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Abstract

Young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) present with a broad range of spoken language abilities, as well as delays in precursor skills such as gesture production and joint attention skills. While standardized assessments describe language strengths, the Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales (CSBS-DP) is a particularly robust measure as it additionally characterizes precise aspects of social communication. This study provides a unique contribution by assessing the interactional effects of CSBS-DP Social Composite performance with early language samples on later language outcomes. Our results indicate that multiple social communication elements significantly interact with early spoken language to predict later language. Our findings also highlight the transactional relationship between early spoken vocabulary and social communication skills that bolster language development growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)644-665
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Gesture
  • Language
  • Social communication

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