Pragmatic Language Deficits in Asperger’s Syndrome (Higher Functioning Autism): Review of Pathology and Effective Treatments in Adults Pages 95-100

Santhana Gunasekaran

St Andrew’s Nottinghamshire, Sherwood Oaks Business Park, Southwell Road West, Mansfield, NG18 4GW, UK

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12970/2311-1917.2014.02.02.6

Abstract: Autism is a neuro developmental disorder. Social communication deficiency is one of the core features of the syndrome. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder vary in their ability considerably. Despite being of normal or above normal intelligence those with higher functioning autism may present with varying degree of deficits in social communication.

Few studies have considered structural abnormalities with respect to brain functioning. This article examines evidence in literature for pragmatic language deficits, origins, assessments and treatments among adolescents and adults with higher functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

Keywords: High functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, speech and language pathology, intervention, social skills, adults. Read more