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ERIC Number: EJ917081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1750-9467
Spontaneous Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Review of Topographies and Interventions
Duffy, Cormac; Healy, Olive
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v5 n3 p977-983 Jul-Sep 2011
Lack of spontaneous communicative initiations appears to be a consistent problem in individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD; Fujiki & Brinton, 2009). Spontaneous communication is emitted at a much lower frequency compared to individuals with language impairment and typically developing persons. Deficits of spontaneity in social interaction have been identified explicitly in the diagnostic criteria for autism, regardless of communication level or ability (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). In addition, without intervention 21-66% of children with ASD do not develop communicative speech (Lord & McGee, 2001). Individuals with autism rarely initiate appropriate speech and often fail to engage in typical social interactions such as asking questions, requesting information, expressing affection or requesting interactions (Carr & Kologinsky, 1983). This paper provides a review of the communicative topographies used to ameliorate spontaneous communication functions in individuals with autism and addresses the behavioral interventions that are used to induce such spontaneity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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