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Summary of NIH Workshop on Non-Verbal School-Aged Children with Autism Available Online

Summary of NIH Workshop on Non-Verbal School-Aged Children with Autism Available Online

In April 2010, the NIH convened a multidisciplinary workshop to discuss the state of the empirical knowledge about, and research opportunities regarding, the substantial subgroup of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who have not developed functional verbal language by five years of age. Participants reviewed the current state of scientific knowledge, highlighted critical gaps in our knowledge, and identified research opportunities to address knowledge gaps. A series of presentations and group discussions addressed the three major topics of the workshop, including:

  • Who are these children? What do we know about their developmental trajectories?
  • How can we assess their skills and knowledge across different domains, with special reference to those abilities relevant to language acquisition?
  • What treatments and interventions are effective in improving spoken language and communication in these children (augmentative and non-augmentative methods)?

View a more detailed description of the workshop.

Last Updated Date: 
July 9, 2010