Parents as Language Trainers of Children with Autism

  • Sandra L. Harris
  • Thomas D. Boyle
Part of the Current Issues in Autism book series (CIAM)


We are all language trainers. Like the character in Molière’s play who learns that “for more than forty years I have been speaking prose without knowing it,” so too have all of us been teaching language all along, although it has taken us a while to find that out. Children acquire speech with such apparent ease and delight that we pay little attention to the role we play in tutoring them in language. The seeming simplicity of this acquisition makes all the more frustrating and puzzling the inability of autistic children and others with severe communication handicaps to learn to speak.


Autistic Child Parent Training Apply Behavior Analysis Retarded Child Language Training 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra L. Harris
    • 1
  • Thomas D. Boyle
    • 1
  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA

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