Continuity and Change in the Social Competence of Children with Autism, Down's Syndrome, and Developmental Delays

This volume presents a longitudinal study that assesses the continuity and change to diagnosis, intelligence, and language skills in children with autism, Downs Syndrome, and other developmental delays. It also specifies deficits in social competence and language skills and identifies precursors in preschool and mid-school years. Although specific patterns vary between groups, the volume concludes that improvement in early communication and play skills may have some long-term consequences for later language and social competence in children with developmental delays.