Journal article

Communication interventions for autism spectrum disorder in minimally verbal children

Amanda Brignell, Karen V Chenausky, Huan Song, Jianwei Zhu, Chen Suo, Angela T Morgan

COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has an estimated prevalence of around 1.7% of the population. People with ASD often also have language difficulties, and about 25% to 30% of children with ASD either fail to develop functional language or are minimally verbal. The ability to communicate effectively is an essential life skill, and difficulties with communication can have a range of adverse outcomes, including poorer academic achievement, behavioural difficulties and reduced quality of life. Historically, most studies have investigated communication interventions for ASD in verbal children. We cannot assume the same interventions will work for minimally verbal children with ASD. OBJEC..

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