Document Type : Case Report


1 Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Speech Therapy, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Pediatric Developmental Consultant, Shiraz University of Medical School, Shiraz, Iran

4 Department of Speech Therapy, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

5 Rehabilitation Sciences Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran


The first three years of life are a critical period for development. Environmental
stimuli have positive effects on the development of speech and language.
Language skills involve the development of expressive and receptive skills
among children. Speech and language disorders during childhood have
important negative outcomes in the life of the child. Therefore, early detection
of children at risk in the preliminary phases of development and implementing
early intervention for them are very important. In this case study, the effects
of early language intervention in children with a developmental language
disorder (DLD) was investigated. A twenty-seven-month-old child diagnosed
with an autism spectrum disorder )ASD) was evaluated in this case study.
Occupation and speech therapy was performed for him. Results showed that the
early intervention was essential for improving the child’s communication, and
proper environmental stimuli could prevent possible problems in the future. In
addition, the results revealed that child professionals should not adopt a “wait
and see” attitude for improving development.


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