What is it about?

Grammar is an important part of both language variation and language impairment in autism, but how do they fit together? This paper examines grammatical production in two language tasks using linguistically sensitive methods.

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Why is it important?

We examine sentence repetition and sentence production in diverse autistic teens and adults and consider possible language variation. This is important for accurate language assessment. Two main findings are that: a) when considering effects of language variation, language scores did not differ and b) only language impairment status predicted scores.


I hope this article makes the importance of linguistic sensitivity clear and provides an example of how to do so in clinical language assessment. Because people of all backgrounds in the U.S. speak dozens of variants of American English, being linguistically sensitive in assessment is a best practice for all clinicians and researchers!

Teresa Girolamo
San Diego State University

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This page is a summary of: Sentence Production and Sentence Repetition in Autistic Adolescents and Young Adults: Linguistic Sensitivity to Finiteness Marking, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, May 2024, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2024_jslhr-24-00028.
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