Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 61-81

First online:

Autism by another name? Semantic and pragmatic impairments in children

  • Sarah Lister BrookAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry
  • , Dermot M. BowlerAffiliated withCity University

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The literature on children with language disorders that are characterized by semantic and pragmatic impairments is reviewed and the conclusion is drawn that some of these conditions may stem from the same fundamental cognitive and interpersonal difficulties that are found in early childhood autism. A summary is presented of recent relevant research and theory in the field of autism and suggestions are offered on how these ideas might be applied to children showing semantic and pragmatic difficulties.