Autism / PDD and Speech-Language
There has been a great deal of coverage in the media recently about Autism / Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). Some of the earliest symptoms are related to speech and language development.

Some Possible Symptoms of Autism

Poor eye contact
Delayed language development
Disordered language development
Weak language comprehension
Poor listening responses (not responding to name or other conversational attempts
Unusual tone or rhythm of speech
Difficulty with social interactions or peer relationships
Poor pragmatic language (includes but is not limited to an inability to initiate, maintain, or close conversations, difficulty answering 'wh' questions, using irrelevant non-contextual remarks)
Unusual behavioral characteristics
Preoccupation with a few narrow interests
Repetitive activities and/or expressions
Extreme temper tantrums or meltdowns
Perseveration (objects or thoughts)

If your child exhibits one or more of these symptoms, a speech-language evaluation may be needed.

Research has shown that when children with autism receive intensive intervention services that begin at an early age, this offers the best chance of improvement.

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