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ERIC Number: ED119402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Autistic Children: Discrimination Training and Simultaneous Communication Procedures.
Webster, C. D.; And Others
Procedures used during a 5-week assessment phase of a simultaneous communication program for five severely dysfunctional nonverbal children (5-9 years old) are described, and techniques for assessing autistic children are discussed. Indications from measuring the gestural communication of 5 dysfunctional Ss following communication training include that there was considerable variability among Ss' level of communication; that spontaneous communication lagged behind both receptive and reproductive communication; and that gestural communications involving verbs of action and nouns were the easiest to teach. A study involving eight autistic, eight normal, and eight retarded children is cited as an attempt to assess the children's ability to distinguish basic elements of human speech. Other assessment techniques are mentioned which involve the use of fading procedures, visual and then auditory stimulation, and microanalysis of body movement. (SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Denver, Colorado, April 1975)