Assessing Early Receptive Language Skills in Children With ASD Language assessments play a large role in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) because language impairments are often part of an ASD diagnosis and language status is a fundamental prognostic indicator for individuals with ASD. Receptive language forms the foundation for competent expressive language including literacy skills. ... Article
Article  |   March 31, 2016
Assessing Early Receptive Language Skills in Children With ASD
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kristen Muller
    Department of Speech and Hearing, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Nancy Brady
    Scheifelbush Institute for Life Span Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Financial Disclosure: Kristen Muller is a doctoral student and graduate research assistant at the University of Kansas. She is also a licensed speech pathologist in Kansas. Nancy Brady is an associate professor in the department of Speech Language Hearing Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kansas.
    Financial Disclosure: Kristen Muller is a doctoral student and graduate research assistant at the University of Kansas. She is also a licensed speech pathologist in Kansas. Nancy Brady is an associate professor in the department of Speech Language Hearing Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kansas.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Kristen Muller has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Nancy Brady has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Kristen Muller has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Nancy Brady has previously published in the subject area.×
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Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Normal Language Processing / Part 1
Article   |   March 31, 2016
Assessing Early Receptive Language Skills in Children With ASD
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2016, Vol. 1, 12-19. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG1.12
History: Received September 7, 2015 , Revised November 4, 2015 , Accepted November 19, 2015
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2016, Vol. 1, 12-19. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG1.12
History: Received September 7, 2015; Revised November 4, 2015; Accepted November 19, 2015

Language assessments play a large role in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) because language impairments are often part of an ASD diagnosis and language status is a fundamental prognostic indicator for individuals with ASD. Receptive language forms the foundation for competent expressive language including literacy skills. Information from language assessments is also used to create therapy goals and monitor progress on these goals. Therefore, valid and accurate assessment of receptive language for individuals with ASD is paramount. Current assessments include tasks that are particularly difficult for individuals with ASD and often assess higher-level language skills and not emerging language skills, resulting in floor effects for individuals with ASD. Developing better receptive language measures is an important area for future research. Assessing and treating receptive language impairments will lead to improved expressive communication, including social communication, and literacy skills for individuals with ASD.

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