Communication is a core deficit in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In this one-hour lecture, terms related to communication are defined and typical communication development is reviewed. At each stage of typical acquisition differences seen in the communication of children with ASD are described and illustrated with video examples. A description of the aspects of communication that are unique to individuals with autism is also presented.
Featured reading for the Communication in Autism lecture comes from:
Paul, R. Landa R. & Schoen, E. (in press). Communication in Asperger syndrome. In A. Klin, F. Volkmar & S. Sparrow (Eds.) Asperger syndrome. NY: Guilford Press.
This chapter discusses the role of language in differential diagnosis of ASD and Asperger syndrome, and provides in depth descriptions of the communication difficulties specific to Asperger syndrome.