The proportion of children with autism considered to be minimally verbal in a study depends on the criteria researchers use to identify them.
The proportion of studies that include people with a severe form of autism has fallen over the past three decades.
Children with autism who speak few words and have trouble manipulating objects tend to remain minimally verbal as they reach adulthood.
Language difficulties and emotional challenges such as anxiety or aggression in children with autism at age 3 predict their social skills at around age 5.
People on the spectrum often have subtle problems using language or making facial expressions. Pinpointing where those difficulties originate may help ease their social communication.
A diagnosis of social communication disorder only keeps people from a community and resources they desperately want and need.
A single gene, OTUD7A, may account for most of the features seen in people missing a segment of chromosome 15 known as 15q13.3.
Language problems in children with autism may be partially rooted in an inability to integrate sight and sound when other people talk.
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