For this project, you are going to analyze two case studies. You are going to write a 3-5 page informative essay on language and social skill development in typically developing children and children with autism spectrum disorders. When completing this essay, be sure you:
A. Discuss specific early pre-verbal communication skills and examine how they can have an impact on language development in typically developing children and children with autism.
B. Based on the case studies provided, compare and contrast the language and social skill development of Claudia and Carly given the descriptions above.
Case of Claudia:
Claudia is a 4-year-old girl with autism. Claudia exhibits limited verbal skills, has a limited expressive vocabulary, and is difficult to understand in all settings. She will not walk across a room to request an item, but instead relies on climbing, reaching, or opening compartments to get what she desires. Claudia spends most of her day actively avoiding social communication interactions. She prefers to engage in individual activities such as jumping, spinning, swinging, and looking at books. Claudia’s assessment of social communication skills indicate that she rarely engages in joint attention experiences and uses little eye contact. In addition, she engages in few parallel play interactions with her peers. She has a difficult time expressing her feelings and emotions in an appropriate manner. She is beginning to follow one step directions and indicates understanding of the back and forth nature of communication during structured activities.
Case of Carly:
Carly is a typically developing 4-year-old girl. She is eager to talk and communicate with familiar peers and adults but tends to become shy around unfamiliar people. She is easily understood by both familiar and unfamiliar communication partners. Her sentences contain four or more words and she enjoys asking questions. Her vocabulary is large (e.g., knowing the parts of the body, names of common objects, animals, etc.). Carly engages in interactive play with her peers and is able to take turns, share, and cooperate in group activities. She enjoys pretend play types of activities and has a vivid imagination. She expresses emotions verbally rather than physically. She makes eye contact appropriately and is able to follow multi-step directions.
You are going to write a 3-5 page informative essay on language and social skill development in typically developing children and children with autism spectrum disorders. When completing this essay, be sure you:
Your paper should include:
Main body of the paper (3-5 pages)
Correct APA formatting for in paper cites
You should follow these formatting guidelines in your paper:
Use standard margins: 1” on all sides
Use standard 12-point font size, Arial or Times New Roman
Use standard double-spacing
Be sure your text is left justified