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ERIC Number: EJ946690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Diagnostic Differentiation of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Pragmatic Language Impairment
Reisinger, Lisa M.; Cornish, Kim M.; Fombonne, Eric
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v41 n12 p1694-1704 Dec 2011
The present study examined diagnostic differentiation between school-aged children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and children with pragmatic language impairment (PLI). Standardized diagnostic instruments were used to investigate the relationship between severity of "autism triad" impairments and group membership. The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule was administered to 19 children with PLI and 22 children with ASD. Parents completed the Social Communication Questionnaire. There was a significant difference between diagnostic groups in the level of the severity of behaviors represented by the "Communication" and "Reciprocal Social Interaction" sub-domains on both diagnostic measures. Currently displayed "Repetitive and Restricted Behaviors and Interests" were not found to be useful for differentiating between groups. The similarities found between groups have important implications for intervention. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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