Differentiating ASD From DLD in Toddlers Failure to begin speaking, or acquiring words and word combinations, is the most common presenting problem in young children. For children with very limited communication skills, it can be difficult to differentiate between children suffering from autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and those with a more circumscribed delay in language development ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2008
Differentiating ASD From DLD in Toddlers
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Rhea Paul
    Southern Connecticut State University and Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
  • Katyrzyna Chawarska
    Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
  • Fred Volkmar
    Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
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Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2008
Differentiating ASD From DLD in Toddlers
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2008, Vol. 15, 101-111. doi:10.1044/lle15.3.101
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2008, Vol. 15, 101-111. doi:10.1044/lle15.3.101
Abstract

Failure to begin speaking, or acquiring words and word combinations, is the most common presenting problem in young children. For children with very limited communication skills, it can be difficult to differentiate between children suffering from autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and those with a more circumscribed delay in language development (DLD). This article reviews evidence derived from studies of toddlers who present with poor communication and social skills and summarizes characteristics of early development in these children to assist clinicians in differentiating between ASD and DLD in toddlers.

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