From Using Tools to Using Language in Infant Siblings of Children with Autism

Forty-one high-risk infants (HR) with an older sibling with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were observed longitudinally at 10, 12, 18 and 24 months of age during a tool use task in a play-like scenario. Changes in grasp types and functional actions produced with a spoon were assessed during elicited tool use. Outcome and vocabulary measures were available at 36 months, distinguishing: 11 HR-ASD, 15 HR-language delay and 15 HR-no delay. Fewer HR-ASD infants produced grasp types facilitating spoon use at 24 months and functional actions at 10 months than HR-no delay. Production of functional actions in HR infants at 10 months predicted word comprehension at 12 months and word production at 24 and 36 months.

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Sparaci L.
Northrup J.B.
Capirci O.
Iverson J.M.
Plenum Press., New York , Stati Uniti d'America
Journal of autism and developmental disorders 48 (2018): 2319–2334. doi:10.1007/s10803-018-3477-1
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