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ERIC Number: ED295369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Jul-14
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
The Relationship between Early Language, Cognitive and Social Development through a Longitudinal Study of Autistic Children.
Ogura, Tamiko
The development of and relationship between early language, symbolic play, sensorimotor skills, and social development were examined in a longitudinal study conducted in Japan with two young autistic males who were observed from the approximate ages of 2 to 4 years in clinic, day care, and home settings. One child acquired speech; the other did not. Both boys successfully completed specific sensorimotor tasks (e.g., nesting containers inside one another), and it was concluded that these skills are not related to early language development. Temporal correspondences between early language development and symbolic play were found for one subject. The emergence of nominal words corresponded to the onset of substitution play, and word-chains occurred simultaneously with the onset of combinatorial symbolic play. Immediate and delayed echolalia were not found to be related to symbolic play. Both boys were deficient in symbolic functions which included language, symbolic play, and drawing, but when one boy attached to a particular adult and began social interactions, development in these three areas was noted. (Author/JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan