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Autistic Speech Patterns: Definition, Types & Examples

Instructor: Marquis Grant
Communication or speech patterns are important diagnostic features in autism. This lesson will explore communication impairments by identifying abnormal speech patterns, defining related terminology and giving appropriate examples.

Introduction to Speech Patterns in Children with Autism

There is a common saying in the autism community: If you've seen one child with autism, you've seen one child with autism. This means no two children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will exhibit the same behaviors or issues related to the disability. This is particularly true in their development of communication skills. Speech patterns in children with autism vary from mild to severe. Some children experience normal speech development while others develop normally for a period of time before ultimately experiencing a decrease in their ability to communicate.

Causes of Communication Difficulties

There is still no information about what exactly causes speech and language difficulties in children with ASD. Some theories point to conditions that occur in the brain's development before, during, or after birth. However, more research is needed to determine why some children have more profound speech impairments than others and whether there are preventative measures that can be put in place to identify and correct these issues as early as in vitro (before birth) or immediately after a child is born.

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