Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 47, Issue 6, pp 1581–1594 | Cite as

Predicting Intentional Communication in Preverbal Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Micheal Sandbank
  • Tiffany Woynaroski
  • Linda R. Watson
  • Elizabeth Gardner
  • Bahar Keçeli Kaysili
  • Paul Yoder
Original Paper

Abstract

Intentional communication has previously been identified as a value-added predictor of expressive language in preverbal preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder. In the present study, we sought to identify value-added predictors of intentional communication. Of five theoretically-motivated putative predictors of intentional communication measured early in the study (at study entry and 4 months after), three had significant zero-order correlations with later intentional communication (12 months after study entry) and were thus added to a linear model that predicted later intentional communication scores controlling for initial intentional communication scores at study entry. After controlling for initial intentional communication, early motor imitation was the only predictor that accounted for a significant amount of variance in children’s later intentional communication.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorder Intentional communication Motor imitation Predictors Longitudinal 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Micheal Sandbank
    • 1
  • Tiffany Woynaroski
    • 2
  • Linda R. Watson
    • 3
  • Elizabeth Gardner
    • 4
  • Bahar Keçeli Kaysili
    • 2
  • Paul Yoder
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Special EducationUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Hearing and Speech Sciences DepartmentVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Speech and Hearing SciencesUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  4. 4.Vanderbilt Kennedy CenterVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  5. 5.Special Education DepartmentVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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