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Early language loss in autistic children not tied to later communication problems – Spectrum

Tuesday, 1 March, 2022

Early language loss in autistic children not tied to later communication problems – Spectrum

Little lag: Autistic children with language regression begin speaking in phrases at about the same age as those without regression.
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Autistic children who show language regression — a loss of language skills in early childhood — do not necessarily have communication problems later on, a new study finds.
In fact, in terms of both speaking and understanding words, these children follow the same overall developmental trajectory as autistic children without language regression, and the two groups display similar communication skills by about age 10.
“Regression — while it can be a striking concern at the time and is a marker for autism spectrum disorder — seems to have little direct effect on long-term language outcomes,” says study investigator Andrew Pickles, professor of biostatistics and psychological methods at King’s College London in the United Kingdom.
Read more at: https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/early-language-loss-in-autistic-children-not-tied-to-later-communication-problems/

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