Franken, Tessa E. and Lewis, Charlie and Malone, Stephanie A. (2010) Brief Report: Are Children with Autism Proficient Word Learners? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40 (2). pp. 255-259. ISSN 0162-3257Full text not available from this repository.
Many approaches to word learning argue for the importance of joint attention and other social-pragmatic abilities. This study explored word learning in children with autism (CWA), by examining it in ostensive and non-ostensive contexts, tested through both comprehension and elicited production. Novel nouns were taught to 17 CWA and 13 children with moderate learning difficulties (MLD) using an adapted version of Tomasello and Barton's (Developmental Psychology, 30: 639-650, 1994) search paradigm. In elicited production for words learnt within an ostensive context, CWA performed at a significantly higher level than MLD children. This is contrary to prior findings and suggests that word learning abilities in CWA have been underestimated.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Autism ; Word learning ; Joint attention ; Context|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology|
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
|Deposited On:||29 Jun 2012 11:11|
|Last Modified:||27 Aug 2016 01:16|
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