Age of first words predicts cognitive ability and adaptive skills in children with ASD.

@article{Mayo2013AgeOF,
  title={Age of first words predicts cognitive ability and adaptive skills in children with ASD.},
  author={Jessica Mayo and Colby Chlebowski and Deborah Fein and Inge-Marie Eigsti},
  journal={Journal of autism and developmental disorders},
  year={2013},
  volume={43 2},
  pages={253-64}
}
Acquiring useful language by age 5 has been identified as a strong predictor of positive outcomes in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This study examined the relationship between age of language acquisition and later functioning in children with ASD (n = 119). First word acquisition at a range of ages was probed for its relationship to cognitive ability and adaptive behaviors at 52 months. Results indicated that although producing first words predicted better outcome at every… CONTINUE READING
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