Although deficits in language are no longer considered diagnostic of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), delays in language are among the earliest concerns noted by parents. By the time children with ASD enter school, their language skills vary widely from intact linguistic ability to no spoken language, though in all cases, communication is impaired and atypical. This chapter first reviews the research on the earliest behavioral and neural predictors of language in ASD based on studies that have prospectively followed infants who are at familial risk for ASD because they have an older sibling with the disorders. In the second part of the chapter research on behavioral predictors of language development in toddlers and preschoolers with ASD is presented. The gaps in the current literature and the clinical implications are discussed in the final sections.
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