Language disabilities in infantile autism: A brief review and comment

Steven Schwartz*

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Experimental studies of autistic children's memory for linguistic materials have yielded what appear to be conflicting results. A review of these studies reveals a pattern of findings consistent with the hypothesis that autistics do, in fact, have a special linguistic coding difficulty. The apparent discrepancies are the result of the use of low-power statistical tests in some experiments. Because the autistic deficit may arise from a failure to use semantic or syntactic knowledge or even from a failure to acquire such knowledge in the first place, future research should be aimed at explicating the precise mechanisms underlying the autistic deficit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-31
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Psycholinguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes


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