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Comparing Spoken Language Treatments for Minimally Verbal Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Publications
  • Rhea Paul, Sacred Heart University
  • Daniel Campbell, Yale University
  • Kimberly Gilbert, Hofstra University
  • Ioanna Tsiouri, Larisa University Hospital, Greece
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2013
Abstract
Preschoolers with severe autism and minimal speech were assigned either a discrete trial or a naturalistic language treatment, and parents of all participants also received parent responsiveness training. After 12 weeks, both groups showed comparable improvement in number of spoken words produced, on average. Approximately half the children in each group achieved benchmarks for the first stage of functional spoken language development, as defined by Tager-Flusberg et al. (J Speech Lang Hear Res, 52: 643–652, 2009). Analyses of moderators of treatment suggest that joint attention moderates response to both treatments, and children with better receptive language pre-treatment do better with the naturalistic method, while those with lower receptive language show better response to the discrete trial treatment. The implications of these findings are discussed.
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Post-print version of article published as:

Paul, Rhea et al. "Comparing Spoken Language Treatments for Minimally Verbal Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 43:2 (2013), 418-431. DOI:10.1007/s10803-012-1583-z

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Citation Information
Rhea Paul, Daniel Campbell, Kimberly Gilbert and Ioanna Tsiouri. "Comparing Spoken Language Treatments for Minimally Verbal Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders" (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rhea_paul/2/