Evaluating Treatment Efficacy for Language Facilitation in Autism Diagnostic protocols for autism and autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) emphasize communicative and related social impairments as core features of the syndrome (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). Recent surveys of the state of knowledge in early diagnosis support the key role of such impairments in identifying autism (Rogers, 2001; Woods & ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2005
Evaluating Treatment Efficacy for Language Facilitation in Autism
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  • Lynne E. Hewitt
    Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
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Article   |   October 01, 2005
Evaluating Treatment Efficacy for Language Facilitation in Autism
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2005, Vol. 6, 21-26. doi:10.1044/sbi6.3.21
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2005, Vol. 6, 21-26. doi:10.1044/sbi6.3.21
Diagnostic protocols for autism and autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) emphasize communicative and related social impairments as core features of the syndrome (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). Recent surveys of the state of knowledge in early diagnosis support the key role of such impairments in identifying autism (Rogers, 2001; Woods & Wetherby, 2003). Communicative impairment can result in restricted social, educational, and vocational opportunities, with lifelong consequences for affected individuals. Thus, there is a compelling need to provide effective treatments for such impairments (National Research Council, 2001). This need often persists across the lifespan, although most direct intervention occurs in childhood. In recent years, controversy over the best way to meet this need has increased, a problem made more acute by the rise in the numbers of children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders (Bertrand et al., 2001; Fombonne, 1999; Hillman, Kanafani, Takahashi, & Miles, 2000; Magnusson & Saemundsen, 2001; see Wing & Potter, 2002, for a critical review of the evidence for a rise in the prevalence of autism).
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