Two-year-olds at elevated risk for ASD can learn novel words from their parents
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SourceJournal of Child Language, (2021)
06 juli 2021
Article / Letter to editor
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SW OZ DCC CO
Journal of Child Language
SubjectAction, intention, and motor control
Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have smaller vocabularies in infancy compared to typically-developing children. To understand whether their smaller vocabularies stem from problems in learning, our study compared a prospective risk sample of 18 elevated risk and 11 lower risk 24-month-olds on current vocabulary size and word learning ability using a paradigm in which parents teach their child words. Results revealed that both groups learned novel words, even though parents indicated that infants at elevated risk of ASD knew fewer words. This suggests that these early compromised vocabularies cannot be solely linked to difficulties in word formations.
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