Predictors of Phrase and Fluent Speech in Children With Autism and Severe Language Delay

  title={Predictors of Phrase and Fluent Speech in Children With Autism and Severe Language Delay},
  author={Ericka L Wodka and Pamela Mathy and Luther G. Kalb},
  pages={e1128 - e1134}
OBJECTIVE: To examine the prevalence and predictors of language attainment in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and severe language delay. We hypothesized greater autism symptomatology and lower intelligence among children who do not attain phrase/fluent speech, with nonverbal intelligence and social engagement emerging as the strongest predictors of outcome. METHODS: Data used for the current study were from 535 children with ASD who were at least 8 years of age (mean = 11.6 years… 

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