Contribution of Behavioral Approaches to the Language and Communication of Persons with Autism

  • Catherine Lord
Part of the Current Issues in Autism book series (CIAM)


One way of evaluating the contribution of a specific theoretical approach to language and communication in the field of autism is to ask what it is that we want from a theory. As Carr has pointed out, the two major approaches to communication, behavioral and psycholinguistic perspectives, have typically had quite different goals. This seems an appropriate place to discuss the goals in communication and language most important to those of us who work with people with autism and then to ask how behaviorism, in theory and practice, has helped or failed to help us obtain those goals.


Language Development Autistic Child Language Acquisition Behavioral Approach Receptive Language 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Lord
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  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Alberta, Glenrose HospitalEdmontonCanada

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