The Difference Between Autism and Speech Delay

Video Summary

Dr. Greenberg explains the differences between autism and a language delay. Though speech delays are often common in children with autism, autism also involves notable difficulties with attention, nonverbal learning and communication and social motivation that require more tailored interventions than are needed for a child with an isolated language delay.

"One of the key differences between a child who has a speech language delay vs a child who who could be described as haivng a pervasive developmental disorder, are their social skills and their attending skills their eye contact, their imitation ability and thier ability to listen and be available for learning. "
— Dr. Jeremy Greenberg, Clinical Supervisor at the Children's Center


    • Autism-General Information
    • speech delays
    • Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)
    • Learning
    • using gestures
    • Nonverbal Behaviors Used in Social Interaction
    • lack of eye contact
    • Social Interaction
    • lack of spontaneous imitation
    • Therapies
    • command prompts
    • therapy strategies
    • Speech Therapy
    • working with autism
    • Verbal Communicative Skills
    • lack of receptive language
    • attention to voice
    • lack of attention to voice
    • lack of response to name

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