Continuity and change in the social competence of children with autism, Down syndrome, and developmental delays.

@article{Sigman1999ContinuityAC,
  title={Continuity and change in the social competence of children with autism, Down syndrome, and developmental delays.},
  author={Marian Sigman and E Ruskin and S Arbeile and Rosalie Corona and Cheryl Dissanayake and Michael P Espinosa and Nam-cho Kim and Aholibama Lopez and Cynthia Zierhut},
  journal={Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development},
  year={1999},
  volume={64 1},
  pages={1-114}
}
The aims of this longitudinal study were: (1) to assess the continuity and change in diagnosis, intelligence, and language skills in children with autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental delays, (2) to specify the deficits in social competence and language skills in these children, and (3) to identify precursors in the preschool period of gains in language skills and of peer engagement in the mid-school years. The initial sample consisted of 70 children with autism, 93 children with Down… CONTINUE READING