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Lerna, Anna; Esposito, Dalila; Conson, Massimiliano; Russo, Luigi; Massagli, Angelo – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2012
Background: The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a common treatment choice for non-verbal children with autism. However, little empirical evidence is available on the usefulness of PECS in treating social-communication impairments in autism. Aims: To test the effects of PECS on social-communicative skills in children with autism,…
Descriptors: Intervention, Interpersonal Relationship, Autism, Observation
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Dispaldro, Marco; Benelli, Beatrice; Marcolini, Stefania; Stella, Giacomo – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2009
Background: Non-word repetition in children is a skill related to, but separable from grammatical ability. Lexical skill may bridge the gap between these two abilities. Aims: The main aim was to determine whether real-word-repetition tasks could be better as predictors of grammatical ability than non-word-repetition tasks in children with typical…
Descriptors: Repetition, Grammar, Language Skills, Young Children
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Bonifacio, Serena; Girolametto, Luigi; Bulligan, Manuela; Callegari, Monica; Vignola, Sandra; Zocconi, Elisabetta – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2007
Background: Previous research on the pragmatic abilities of late talkers at 24 months of age indicates that they have difficulties initiating conversational interactions, but possess intact responsiveness skills. This study uses a parent-administered questionnaire for evaluating the conversational skills of late talkers and suggesting pragmatic…
Descriptors: Delayed Speech, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Skills, Italian