Joint attention, imitation, and repetitive behaviors as predictors of autism and expressive language ability in early childhood Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Boucher, Signe Marie
    • Affiliation: School of Education
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  • The detection of early characteristics of autism and language impairments is critical in providing early interventions for a child with delays. Using a sample of 864 children in the Chapel Hill area, this study investigates the link between joint attention, imitation, and repetitive behaviors at 12 months and likelihood of displaying characteristics of autism or language delays at 24 months. Results indicated that joint attention, imitation, and repetitive behaviors were related to the display of characteristics of autism (p < 0.0001; p < 0.002; p < 0.0001) as well as for later language impairments (p < 0.001, p < 0.0001; p < 0.027). Finally, within a sample of children who were determined at risk for autism, joint attention and imitation predicted language delays (p < 0.0001; p < 0.05). These findings formulate a better understanding of characteristics of autism and language delays in early childhood.
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