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Manwaring, Stacy S.; Mead, Danielle L.; Swineford, Lauren; Thurm, Audrey – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2017
Background: Nonverbal communication abilities, including gesture use, are impaired in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, little is known about how common gestures may influence or be influenced by other areas of development. Aims: To examine the relationships between gesture, fine motor and language in young children with ASD compared with a…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Modeling (Psychology), Nonverbal Communication
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Chambers, Nola; Stronach, Sheri T.; Wetherby, Amy M. – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2016
Background: Substantial development in social communication skills occurs in the first two years of life. Growth should be evident in sharing emotion and eye gaze; rate of communication, communicating for a variety of functions; using gestures, sounds and words; understanding language, and using functional and pretend actions with objects in play.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Communication Skills
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Swain, Nathaniel Robert; Eadie, Patricia Ann; Prior, Margot Ruth; Reilly, Sheena – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2015
Background: Early identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is currently limited by the absence of reliable biological markers for the disorder, as well as the reliability of screening and assessment tools for children aged between 6 and 18 months. Ongoing research has demonstrated the importance of early social communication skills in…
Descriptors: Autism, Communication Skills, Infants, Identification
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Eadie, Patricia Ann; Ukoumunne, Obioha; Skeat, Jemma; Prior, Margot Ruth; Bavin, Edith; Bretherton, Lesley; Reilly, Sheena – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2010
Background: Parent report instruments are frequently used for the identification of both "at-risk" children and to support the diagnosis of communication delay. Whilst the evidence is strong for the accuracy of parent report of vocabulary between 2 and 3 years, there are fewer studies that have considered the ability of parents to report…
Descriptors: Check Lists, Factor Structure, Toddlers, Infants