Wodka said she hopes the study findings will help guide parents and health professionals who work with children with autism to set both language and behavioral goals.
"What complicates issues for children with autism is that it's not purely a language disorder," she said. "It's a communication disorder, and it's important to consider the child's intellectual level as well as the social issues."
Visit the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health to learn more about autism.
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