Profiles of language and communication skills in autism

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Language in autism appears to be best characterized by a selective deficit in applying language forms for purposes of functional communication. This pattern of selective deficit has been called the 'form/function dissociation.' This article outlines the language characteristics most often associated with autism and considers whether the observed patterns are specific to autism as a syndrome. Those characteristics that appear to be syndrome-specific are analyzed from the perspective of the form/function dissociation. Intervention considerations are briefly reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalMental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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