Speech outlook brighter for kids with autism

By the time the children were eight years old, 70% could speak in phrases and almost half (47%) had achieved fluency.

Children who were slightly older and who had more internalising symptoms were more likely to achieve fluency.

Likewise, higher non-verbal IQ and higher social interest and engagement were independently associated with both acquiring phrase speech and fluency in general, and acquiring them at a younger age.

Children with typical nonverbal intelligence attained language almost six months ahead of those who scored below the average.