Once the trueseverity of the language deficits in autistic children was appreciated,the position changed dramatically, and there was a massive drivefor language training, with the hope that if the verbal difficultiescould be overcome, other problems would resolve.
Where achild does not meet the diagnostic criteria for autism and doesdevelop grammatical speech at the normal age, but has in mildto moderate form the triad of abnormalities described by Wing(1988), a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome seems the most appropriate.
Language disorder and infantile autism.
This whole issue is further complicated by the fact that whereasBishop and Rosenbloom (1987) restricted use of 'semantic-pragmaticdisorder' to children with a specific language disorder who wereautistic, Rapin (1987) did not regard the two diagnosesas mutually exclusive.
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down syndrome
(Indeed, we followedthe terminology of Rapin and Allen to avoid using alternativeterms for similar conditions, although we were reluctant to usethe word 'syndrome' with its suggestion of a diagnostic entitywith clear-cut boundaries.) Rapin reported that semantic-pragmaticsyndrome was commonly associated with autism, although languagedisorders in autistic children were not restricted to this kind.
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In this study, each child's disorder was categorised,first in terms of the type of language impairment observed, andsecond, in terms of whether or not the criteria for autism weremet.
Autism and Developmental Receptive Language Disorder…
These clinically based observations were offered tentative supportfrom Rapin's (1987) preliminary account of a study of 3- to 5-year-oldchildren identified as having autism or developmental languagedisorders.
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It is widelyrecognised that there are many children with specific languagedisorders who are sociable and friendly, and show no evidenceof the ritualistic and obsessional behaviour characteristic ofautism.
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Also, he noted that withthe dysphasic as well as the autistic group the more 'autistic-like'the language, the more 'autistic-like' was the behaviour, indicatingthat degrees of autism can be talked about in children who donot have the full syndrome.