Evaluation of a Language Program for Young Autistic Children This report presents retrospective data comparing an individualized language development program for preschool autistic children receiving language remediation (experimental subjects) with a group receiving the basic school curriculum only (control subjects). All findings favored the language remediation group, as indicated: (1) experimental subjects made significant gains in one year while ... Reports
Reports  |   February 01, 1980
Evaluation of a Language Program for Young Autistic Children
 
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Reports   |   February 01, 1980
Evaluation of a Language Program for Young Autistic Children
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1980, Vol. 45, 76-89. doi:10.1044/jshd.4501.76
History: Received November 28, 1977 , Accepted January 25, 1979
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1980, Vol. 45, 76-89. doi:10.1044/jshd.4501.76
History: Received November 28, 1977; Accepted January 25, 1979

This report presents retrospective data comparing an individualized language development program for preschool autistic children receiving language remediation (experimental subjects) with a group receiving the basic school curriculum only (control subjects). All findings favored the language remediation group, as indicated: (1) experimental subjects made significant gains in one year while the control group required two years; (2) after one year, experimental subjects surpassed controls on four measures; (3) only experimental subjects made significant gains in communicative speech, noteworthy because interpersonal interaction is so difficult for the autistic child; and (4) after two years, 58% of the experimental subjects, but only 14% of the controls, had mastered all seven skills. These results support the hypothesis that an individualized language remediation program facilitates the acquisition of prelinguistic and linguistic skills.

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