Sensory aspects of speech linked to language issues in autism

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Children with autism pay just as much attention to speech that doesn’t match lip movements as to speech in which sight and sound are coordinated, according to a new study1.

  • Hannah Furfaro
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Typical children prefer speech in which the sensory cues are in sync.

Some people with autism have trouble learning to speak and understand words.

Spek 4dSome people with the condition have minimal verbal skills or don’t speak at all.

The new work suggests that these problems may be partially rooted in an inability to integrate sight and sound when other people talk, and inattention to these cues.

“There are underlying…

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