Lack of Spontaneous Production of Language

Video Summary

Dr. Smith compares a typical child's frequent use of speech with his mother to the notable silence of two children on the spectrum. Whereas the typically developing child in this clip vocalizes either to express his needs or as part of a social interchange, the children on the spectrum in this clip rarely direct sounds of any kind toward their mother, though she frequently speaks to them and attempts to engage them.

"...another major component of autism is the lack of spontaneous production of language with or without communicative intent..."
— Christopher Smith, PhD


    • Autism-General Information
    • speech delays
    • Verbal Communicative Skills
    • loss of language skills
    • lack of expressive language
    • vocal expressiveness
    • expressive language
    • communicative intent

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