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Use of first words by 24 months a strong predictor of positive ASD outcomes

The age at which useful language is acquired provides a strong predictor of later outcomes for children diagnosed with ASD. A Connecticut study looked at the relationship between cognitive ability and adaptive behaviors at 52 months and the age that the child had first used single words to  communicate in a meaningful way. (Words that excluded 'mama' and 'dada'.) The study did not include children who had acquired and then lost some language. The study showed a strong correlation between acquiring these first words by the age of 24 months and later positive outcomes. 'Age of First Words Predicts Cognitive Ability and Adaptive Skills in Children with ASD.' Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Volume 43, Issue 2 , pp 253-264. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-012-1558-0
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hakea commented on 26-Jul-2014 03:26 PM
Hi Geoff

I worked with some primary school kids with severe autism who hid their language. They had a good vocabulary but they wouldn't use it in public. I caught them talking to themselves and as soon as they saw me they shut themselves down. They were secretive about it.

I am sure that these kids were language delayed as young children. I wonder about kids with autism, how much of themselves they are willing to show us?

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