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Functional communicative profile and language diagnosis within the autism spectrum - the use of a checklist

Grant number: 11/23058-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2012
Effective date (End): March 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Speech Therapy
Principal researcher:Fernanda Dreux Miranda Fernandes
Grantee:Mariana de Almeida Neubauer
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FM). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The role of language in autistic spectrum disorders is a single one because, contrary to otherbroad developmental disorders in which language impairments are a symptom or aconsequence of other deficits. In the autistic spectrum language disorders constitute one of thethree diagnostic criteria. In our reality an important part of the research about language inautistic spectrum disorders have been performed by the Speech and Language ResearchLaboratory on Autistic Spectrum Disorders (LIF-DEA). The use of a protocol for the FunctionalCommunicative Profile has been contributing to the determination of individual profiles ofabilities and inabilities that allow the proposal of more efficient language therapy procedures.The aim of this research is to verify the use of a checklist as a substitute to the completeprotocol, as an facilitator to the clinical-therapeutic follow-up. Subjects will be 50 childrenbetween 3 and 12 years, attending language therapy in the LIF-DEA. Procedures will notinclude any change in the routine of semester assessments of each patient, just the completion,by the language therapists, of a checklist that verifies the frequency of each communicativefunction and its communicative means. Results will try to compare the answers provided to thechecklist with the Functional Communicative Profile, as determined by the full protocol.

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