Brief report: Parental child-directed speech as a predictor of receptive language in children with autism symptomatology

Twyla Y. Perryman, Alice S. Carter, Daniel S. Messinger, Wendy L. Stone, Andrada E. Ivanescu, Paul J. Yoder

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Facilitative linguistic input directly connected to children's interest and focus of attention has become a recommended component of interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This longitudinal correlational study used two assessment time points and examined the association between parental undemanding topic-continuing talk related to the child's attentional focus (i.e.; follow-in comments) and later receptive language for 37 parent-child dyads with their young (mean = 21 months, range 15-24 months) children with autism symptomology. The frequency of parental follow-in comments positively predicted later receptive language after considering children's joint attention skills and previous receptive language abilities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1725
Pages (from-to)1983-1987
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013



  • Autism
  • Parent responsiveness
  • Parent-child interaction
  • Receptive language

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