• Adriana L. Schuler
  • Barry M. Prizant
Part of the Current Issues in Autism book series (CIAM)


In his first publication describing characteristics of the autistic syndrome, Leo Kanner (1943) noted that “the children’s inability to relate themselves in the ordinary way to people and situations” (p. 33) and an obsessive insistence on sameness were the most prominent features of the syndrome. Yet, as one reads Kanner’s early detailed clinical descriptions, it becomes evident that his great fascination and interest in his clients was due, to a large extent, to their specific patterns of speech and language behavior. In his second published article on autism, Kanner (1946) stated that “among numerous other features, the peculiarities of language present an important and promising basis for investigation” (p. 45).


Autistic Child Joint Attention Language Acquisition Autistic Individual Hearing Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adriana L. Schuler
    • 1
    • 2
  • Barry M. Prizant
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Special EducationSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Speech and Language DepartmentEmma Pendleton Bradley HospitalEast ProvidenceUSA

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