Linda R. WATSON, Elizabeth LANTER,
Cara McCOMISH, Vicky POSTON ROY
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Research and professional development efforts over recent years have resulted in an increase in the number of children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders prior to the age of three years. Clinicians have access to a larger body of evidence describing the characteristics of young children with autism, but a relatively limited body of direct evidence regarding the most effective interventions for these children. In this article we focus on evidence that is relevant to efforts to improve the communicative functioning of young children with autism with due consideration given to the developmental needs of toddlers as well as the needs of their caregivers.
Key words: autism spectrum disorders, communication, early intervention, toddlers