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Autism pp 65-76 | Cite as

Language and Cognition

  • Gary B. Mesibov
  • Lynn W. Adams
  • Laura G. Klinger
Chapter
Part of the Clinical Child Psychology Library book series (CCPL)

Abstract

One of the most striking characteristics of autism is the uneven profile of language and cognitive abilities. Language difficulties among those with autism who speak are varied and often striking. They include the well-known pronoun reversals that psychoanalysts used as evidence for an identity crisis as well as the echolalia that the behaviorists so carelessly tried to extinguish. Today semantic and pragmatic difficulties in social interaction are often overlooked and misunderstood. Language difficulties are prevalent in autism and are thus important for us to examine.

Keywords

Language Difficulty Rote Memory Imitative Game Executive Functioning Skill Amnesic Syndrome 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary B. Mesibov
    • 1
  • Lynn W. Adams
    • 1
  • Laura G. Klinger
    • 2
  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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