Profiles of language and communication skills in autism

  • Wilkinson K
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Abstract

Language in autism appears to be best characterized by a selective deficit in applying language forms for purposes of func- tional communication. This pattern of selective deficit has been called the ‘‘form/function dissociation.’’ This article outlines the language characteristics most often associated with autism and considers whether the observed patterns are specific to autism as a syndrome. Those characteristics that appear to be syndrome-specific are analyzed from the perspective of the form/function dissociation. Intervention considerations are briefly reviewed.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Autism
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Phonology
  • Pragmatics
  • Semantics
  • Syndrome-specific deficit
  • Syntax

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  • Krista M. Wilkinson

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