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ERIC Number: EJ1037902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Profound Expressive Language Impairment in Low Functioning Children with Autism: An Investigation of Syntactic Awareness Using a Computerised Learning Task
McGonigle-Chalmers, Maggie; Alderson-Day, Ben; Fleming, Joanna; Monsen, Karl
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v43 n9 p2062-2081 Sep 2013
Nine low-functioning children with profound expressive language impairment and autism were studied in terms of their responsiveness to a computer-based learning program designed to assess syntactic awareness. The children learned to touch words on a screen in the correct sequence in order to see a corresponding animation, such as "monkey flies". The game progressed in levels from 2 to 4 word sequences, contingent upon success at each stage. Although performance was highly variable across participants, a detailed review of their learning profiles suggested that no child lacked syntactic awareness and that elementary syntactic control in a non-speech domain was superior to that manifest in their spoken language. The reasons for production failures at the level of speech in children with autism are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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