The relationship of early communication concerns to developmental delay and symptoms of autism spectrum disorders

Nicole Turygin, Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA.
Johnny L. Matson
Matthew Konst
Lindsey Williams


OBJECTIVE: Parental concerns related to communication are an oft-cited reason that children present to early intervention clinics. We examine the relationship between early communication first concerns (FCs) and symptoms of ASD. METHODS: The present study included 3173 toddlers at risk for developmental delay. The Battelle Developmental Inventory, 2nd edition and the Baby and Infant Screen for Children with aUtIsm Traits (BISCUIT) were used to examine developmental quotient scores and autism symptoms. RESULTS: Significant results were observed with respect to FC group and gender. A significant effect of FC-Communication group was observed with respect to developmental quotient overall and subscale scores, as well as autism symptom scores. CONCLUSION: Those with communication disorders are a heterogeneous population and do not account for all children who will meet criteria for a diagnosis of an ASD.