Joint engagement and the emergence of language in children with autism and Down syndrome.

@article{Adamson2009JointEA,
  title={Joint engagement and the emergence of language in children with autism and Down syndrome.},
  author={Lauren B. Adamson and Roger A Bakeman and Deborah F Deckner and Mary Ann Romski},
  journal={Journal of autism and developmental disorders},
  year={2009},
  volume={39 1},
  pages={
          84-96
        }
}
Systematic longitudinal observations were made as typically developing toddlers and young children with autism and with Down syndrome interacted with their caregivers in order to document how joint engagement developed over a year-long period and how variations in joint engagement experiences predicted language outcome. Children with autism displayed a persistent deficit in coordinated joint attention; children with Down syndrome were significantly less able to infuse symbols into joint… CONTINUE READING
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