ERIC Number: ED181681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Sign Language Comprehension by Autistic Children Following Simultaneous Communication Training.
Dores, Paul A.; Carr, Edward G.
Six nonverbal, autistic boys (ages 6 to 11) were studied to assess what was learned when signs and spoken words were presented simultaneously. The boys were taught to discriminate among several available objects when given commands consisting of simultaneously signed and spoken object labels. Each of the six children mastered all of the discriminations that were taught. Results showed that the children varied in the extent to which they attended to the spoken words used during training. For two of the six children correct discriminative responding had been controlled solely by the signs, while spoken words had remained nonfunctional. A pretraining test of verbal imitation ability was accurate in predicting the extent to which each child would attend to both modalities. Extensive figures and charts supplement the text. (Author/PHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September, 1979)