Analysis of “Behavior Predictors of Language Development over Two Years in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”

Analysis of “Behavior Predictors of Language Development over Two Years in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”

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The scientific study, “Behavior Predictors of Language Development over Two Years in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” conducted by Karen D. Bopp, Pat Mirenda, and Bruno Zumbo was published in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. This study was conducted in British Columbia, Canada from data retrieved from a database of another study. The goal of this study was to determine if certain types of behaviors often displayed by autistic children before intervention could be predictors of the language abilities they would develop.
There are many factors that contribute to the development of language skills in autistic children, or lack thereof. Still, it is theorized that there are many more factors that influence a child’s development s well. Understanding what factors influence a child’s development help professionals design intervention methods that will help improve the outcome of these children. The purpose of this study was to identify types of behaviors that predict slow development of language skills or a lack of language skills so that they could be focused on in interventions in the future. Based on previous research, the researchers in this study chose five behavior types to study. These were: acting-out behavior, repetitive sensory motor behavior, insistence on sameness behavior, socially unresponsive behavior, and inattentiveness behavior. These behaviors were also chosen because of their agreeableness with the social-interactionist perspective. This perspective has a belief that language is developed through social interactions. Thus, the study focuses on five social related behaviors in relationship to the development of language in autistic children. The authors explain the five different beh...


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...study draws about the correlation of inattentiveness and unresponsiveness to language seem reasonable and logical the validity of the other behavior types are questionable. In this study, more than one study is cited in which there is a correlation between the other three factors and development. This study acknowledges that the data and conclusions are contradicting to research that has already been published and the methods they used may be the reason these results differ. This leads one to question the validity of the results in these contradicting areas.



Works Cited

Bopp, Karen D., Mirenda, Pat, Zumbo, Bruno D. (2009). Behavior Predictors of Language
Development over Two Years in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 52(5), 1106-1120. Retrieved April 1, 2010, from Social Sciences Full Text Database.

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