Examples of Children Studied
for this Book
You may find this book easier to read if you meet a few of the wide range of late-talking children we studied in the development of Communicating Partners. This chapter introduces the reader to a wide range of children we have studied. Each of the children was evaluated and diagnosed with the autistic spectrum, as PDD, autistic, or with Asperger's syndrome. Each child satisfied the characteristics of autism as described in the DSM-II, III, or IV manuals (depending on the year diagnosed) and exhibited the features on the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (Schopler, Reichler, and Renner 1986) that indicated evidence of moderately–severely autistic (scores from 30 to 60).
More case descriptions will be scattered throughout the book to illustrate individual topics. The descriptions below provide a view of the range of children involved in the development of this book.
At age three Scott would not be touched without screaming. The day I met him, he carried two real estate listing books and would not give them up for other activities. Cheryl, his mother, said, “Look at him. He won't let anyone near him or talk to them but he can read aloud most of the words in these books.” She pointed to one page and he read, “Upper Arlington, three bedroom, two bath, 1800