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Aspects of prosody and language in autism

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People with autism are often perceived to have atypical prosody. This, coupled with the language impairment that is a diagnostic feature of autism, raises questions about the relationship between prosody and language in language acquisition. Recent projects have investigated receptive and expressive prosody skills in school-age children with high-functioning autism spectrum conditions and compared them with those of age-matched and language-matched typically-developing children. Results suggest that while some prosodic skills are preserved in autism, others are impaired; and that although there are strong correlations between prosody and language skills the relationship between the two is complex and requires further research.

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