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Language Interventions 

Language Interventions
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Language Interventions
Author(s):

Diane L. Williams

and Lori J. Marra

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199753857.003.0065
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date: 29 October 2020

Impairment in social communication is one of the diagnostic criteria for ASD; therefore, communication is universally affected in individuals with ASD. Social communication includes many nonverbal aspects such as eye gaze and facial expression, and also includes the use of spoken language to interact with others. In addition, all individuals with ASD have some level of difficulty with comprehension of spoken language. Language proficiency or verbal ability is consistently associated with positive outcomes in social and adaptive functioning for children and adults with ASD. Therefore, it is important that a child’s communication and language skills be addressed as soon as developmental concerns appear.

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