Infant and Toddler Oral and Manual Motor Skills Predict Later Speech Fluency in Autism

Published November 2, 2007 in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Gernsbacher, Sauer, et al

Infant and toddler oral-motor and manual-motor skills inter-correlated significantly, distinguished autistic children from typically developing children, and distinguished autistic children whose current-day speech was minimally fluent, moderately fluent, and highly fluent. These results were corroborated by analysis of historical home video and verified with current-day assessment.

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