Seven Characteristics that Differentiate Autism from Other Language Delays
Do you waffle between a diagnosis of language delay vs. autism for a child who is a late talker, but may have additional delays and other “quirks”?
With toddlers, getting an accurate diagnosis can be tricky!
In this podcast, we’ll discuss 7 behaviors or differences in children with autism that differentiate autism from other kinds of speech-language delays and disorders in toddlers and preschoolers. This information is evidence-based so you can trust it!
Seven Characteristics that Differentiate ASD from other Developmental Language Delays/Disorders
- Eye Contact and Eye Gaze – difficulty paying attention to faces and following your point after 12 months
- Orienting to One’s Name – inconsistent responding to own name most of the time by 12 months
- Pointing to or Showing Objects of Interest – does not point or show objects to others by 15 months
- Pretend Play – does not demonstrate how familiar objects are used by 15 months and doesn’t show true “pretending” in play such as feeding a baby doll or using one object to represent another object by 24 months
- Imitation – does not watch other people to copy their actions and body movements such as waving; does not imitate sounds and words by 16 to 18 months
- Nonverbal Communication – does not understand and use a variety gestures by 16 months; displays “flat” affect or limited facial expressions or body language
- Language Development – exhibits delays and differences in both language comprehension and expression as compared to same age peers; may talk but not communicate with others. **Expressive skills may be at a higher developmental level than receptive skills in autism. **
This information is a section from my course Is It Autism? on DVD. If you’re an SLP and have not taken this course yet, you should! 🙂 It’s filled with information for SLPs, other therapists, and even committed parents! Part One focuses on diagnostics and learning the “official” criteria used when a child receives a diagnosis of ASD. Part Two is all about intervention. You’ll learn the 10 best approaches/goals for designing comprehensive treatment plans for toddlers at risk and who have already received the diagnosis. Be sure to use a coupon code!