Symbolic Understanding and Word-Picture-Referent Mapping from iPads in Autism Spectrum Condition:The Roles of Iconicity and Engagement

Wainwright, Bethany and Allen, Melissa and Cain, Kate (2020) Symbolic Understanding and Word-Picture-Referent Mapping from iPads in Autism Spectrum Condition:The Roles of Iconicity and Engagement. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50. 2941–2956. ISSN 0162-3257

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Abstract

We investigated symbolic understanding, word-picture-referent mapping, and engagement in children with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and ability-matched typically developing (TD) children. Participants viewed coloured pictorial symbols of a novel object (given a novel name) on an iPad in one of three conditions: static 2D images and either automatically or manually rotating images (providing a three-dimensional context). We found no significant difference in word-picture-referent mapping between groups and conditions, however, children who manually rotated the picture had greater on-screen looking time compared to other conditions. Greater visual attention related to more successful word-picture-referent mapping only for the children with ASC. Interactive iPad tasks may increase visual attention in both typical and atypical populations and greater visual attention may benefit word-picture-referent mapping in ASC.

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Journal Article
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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
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05 Feb 2020 13:45
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