Some authorities see SPLD as part of the autism spectrum of disorders while others see it purely as a language disorder.
First, we found that though many children with PLI did show some autistic features on the ADI, very few of them met diagnostic criteria for autism on both ADI and ADOS. Furthermore, many children with SLI, who had not been regarded as showing any signs of autism, did score in the autism range on ADI. This further supported the idea that there are no clear boundaries between these different developmental disorders: they shade into one another, and the diagnostic categories are something of an artificial abstraction (though necessary to ensure children get access to appropriate services).
It is always necessary to determine whether the client has:
isolated semantic processing difficulties OR
isolated difficulties with the pragmatics of language use OR
a combination of the two OR
semantic pragmatic language disorder (SPLD) OR
SPLD in combination with another communication disorder that is NOT in the autism spectrum, for example, developmental apraxia of speech OR
SPLD in combination with another disorder in the autism spectrum, for example, Asperger's Syndrome OR
SPLD in combination with another disorder that is NOT in the autism spectrum, e.g., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
WTF?????? Is it just me, or.......