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Brief Report: Are Children with Autism Proficient Word Learners?

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 0162-3257

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
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
ID Code: 55495
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 29 Jun 2012 11:11
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 15:23
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55495

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