Speech & Language

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Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, & Semantic Pragmatic Disorder; Where are the Boundaries - Dorothy Bishop

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Autistic children get language training from USU students by By Irene Hannagan

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Autism Spectrum Disorders: Communication and Language  
Amy M. Wetherby
Dept. of Communication Disorders
Florida State University
Presented at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition, October 2003

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Being Honest about Non-Verbal Communication Problems with Special Attention Paid to Time Management by Roger N. Meyer

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Brain Imaging Reveals New Language Circuits - The language network of the brain seemed simpler in the past. One brain area was recognized to be critical for the production of language, another for its comprehension. A dense bundle of nerve fibers connected the two. But there have always been naysayers who pointed to evidence that failed to fit this tidy picture. Now a study employing a powerful variant of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirms these suspicions. The study will be published December 13, 2004 in the online edition of Annals of Neurology  http://www.interscience.wiley.com/journal/ana.  Source: American Neurological Association (ANA) 

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Brain lumps and bumps: A neural risk for autism by Anne L. Foundas, MD - Full Text: HTML , PDF (Size: 40K) [Editorial]

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Language-association cortex asymmetry in autism and specific language impairment by Lies De Fossé, Steven M. Hodge, Nikos Makris, David N. Kennedy, Verne S. Caviness Jr, Lauren McGrath, Shelley Steele, David A. Ziegler, Martha R. Herbert, Jean A. Frazier, Helen Tager-Flusberg, Gordon J. Harris. Full Text: HTML , PDF (Size: 464K) [Original article]

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Clinical diagnostic and intervention studies of children with semantic–pragmatic language disorder by Catherine Adams

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Conversational Characteristics of Children with SPD: I  - Dorothy Bishop

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Conversational Characteristics of Children with SPD: II - Dorothy Bishop

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Evaluating Pragmatic Language - Kyrene Speech Program

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General Strategies for Communication Intervention and Social Skills Training

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Here's a place where language isn't a barrier -  Her classmate, Lucia Ansara of Essex, also 10, has dyslexia and a language-processing disorder that makes it difficult to complete classroom assignments, a by e isn'ta barrier / Boston Globe

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Hemispheric Function in Developmental Language Disorders and High-level Autism by Jane Shields, Rosemary Varley, Paul Broks, and Adrian Simpson. By using tests known to be sensitive to left-right brain damage, it is shown that children with high-level autism and semantic pragmatic disorder both have right hemisphere functional deficiencies.

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Higher Order Cognition Explained

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Kids Give Language Its Shape - Children's brains are hard-wired to learn languages and, in some cases, to improve upon them. That's the conclusion of a new study that followed several generations of deaf Nicaraguan children as they created their own sign language and then continuously tinkered it with each new group of signers by Discovery Health

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Language and Learning; Parents Can Help Children Succeed in School - Although some children will develop normal speech and language skills without treatment by the time they enter school, says the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), it is important to identify those who will not. - Press Release

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Language may shape human thought - Language may shape human thought – suggests a counting study in a Brazilian tribe whose language does not define numbers above two by NewsScientist.com

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'Late Talkers' Can Struggle In School - ""That's just 'baby talk,' I'm sure my child will outgrow it." "Everyone in our family was a late talker. "My child will talk when the time is right."  Have you ever had these thoughts?  Although some children will develop normal speech and language skills without treatment by the time they enter school, it's important to identify those who won't according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a group of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists," by Education

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Nonverbal, autistic children's ability to communicate stuns stuns parents, experts - Like any inquisitive 9-year-old, Tyler Cain has a lot on his mind. He's curious about God, interested in politics, loves to swim and likes Tiger Woods.  But until last year, no one knew.  Tyler doesn't talk. At age 3, he was diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder that inhibits the ability to communicate, respond to surroundings and relate to others. About half of those with autism never speak, by Sandy Cohen

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Non Verbal Learning Disorder / What the SLP should know by Joanne Volden - ASHA

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Pragmatics

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Pragmatic Language Impairment Without Autism

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Pragmatic's Socially Speaking by ASHA

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"Pragmatics: The Road to Social Competency" by Peter S. Dobrowlski

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Questioning the Validity of the Semantic-pragmatic Syndrome Diagnosis by Louise Gagnon, Laurent Mottron, and Yves Joanette. Extract from this article which argues that there is no justification for a separate diagnosis of semantic-pragmatic disorder.

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Scientists find parallels between human speech and bird song which gives clues to human speech disorders - The research by a team led by Stephanie White, UCLA assistant professor of physiological science, supports the theory that two genes shared by humans and songbirds, FoxP1 and FoxP2, may play a critical role in human speech, and speech disorders. The study is published March 31 in the Journal of Neuroscience. 

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Semantic Pragmatic Disorder in the Classroom Written by Denise Vignola, parent   2002

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Semantic Pragmatic Disorder - Margo Sharp

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Semantic Pragmatic Disorder - OAASIS

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Semantic Pragmatic Disorder: A right hemisphere syndrome? by Jane Shields, Rosemary Varley, Paul Broks and Adrian Simpson

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Semantic Pragmatic Impairments Information Sheet by Jane Shields. Produced by the National Autistic Society, this gives a history and overview of semantic-pragmatic disorder and explains why within the NAS, professionals are no longer using it as a diagnostic term. Also available to download in Microsoft Word 97 format.

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SLI: Exploring Pragmatic Language Impairments - Abstract

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Social Cognition in Developmental Language Disorders and High-Level Autism - Jane Shields

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Socially Awkward Children: Neurocognitive Contributions by Herbert Schreier, M.D.

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Social Cognition in Developmental Language Disorders and High-level Autism by Jane Shields, Rosemary Varley, Paul Broks, and Adrian Simpson. Tests of social cognition such as 'theory of mind' show that children with semantic-pragmatic disorder and high-level autism both perform poorly. This evidence indicates that semantic-pragmatic disorder lies on the autistic spectrum.

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Speech & Language Therapy Advice & Guidance

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SPLD - Caroline Bowen

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Stuttering more than talk - research shows brain's role in disorder - "Traditionally, stuttering is thought of as a problem with how someone speaks, and little attention has been given to the complex interactions between neurological systems that underlie speaking," says Christine Weber-Fox, an assistant professor of speech sciences who is interested in the brain's involvement in language processing," by Newswise

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Want to know more about speech therapy and your child?

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What is Semantic Pragmatic Disorder? by HelpForKidSpeech.org Staff

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What is Semantic Pragmatic Disorder? by Julia Muggleton

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What is a Speech and Language Disorder?

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What is "Processing"?

 
 

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