The Autism Theory of Speech Development and Some Clinical Applications
The following chapter (published) in the Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorder, (1952, 17, 263–268) was prepared for and presented at the 1951 Convention of the American Speech and Hearing Association, in Chicago, as part of a symposium on “Speech Development in the Young Child,” under the chairmanship of Professor George J. Wischer. There I ventured to suggest certain clinical applications of the autism theory of imitation delineated and documented in the preceding chapter. But before perusing the paper as it is reproduced here, the reader is asked to consider the following maximally simple and, hopefully, clear description of the basic principles involved in the autism theory of language learning.
KeywordsConditioned Stimulus Human Infant Primary Reinforcement Speech Development Secondary Reinforcement
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