Social language opportunities for preschoolers with autism: Insights from audio recordings in urban classrooms.

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TitleSocial language opportunities for preschoolers with autism: Insights from audio recordings in urban classrooms.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsFerguson, EF, Nahmias, AS, Crabbe, S, Liu, T, Mandell, DS, Parish-Morris, J
JournalAutism
Volume24
Issue5
Pagination1232-1245
Date Published2020 07
ISSN1461-7005
Abstract

Early intervention is important for preschoolers on the autism spectrum, but little is known about early intervention classrooms in the community. This study found that children with better language skills and lower autism severity have more verbal interactions with their classmates, especially in classrooms with typically developing peers (inclusion settings). Findings suggest that natural language sampling is a useful method for characterizing autistic children and their early intervention settings. In addition, natural language sampling may have important implications for understanding individual opportunities for development in community early intervention settings.

DOI10.1177/1362361319894835
Alternate JournalAutism
PubMed ID31964156