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ERIC Number: EJ1050915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0265-6590
Profile of the Linguistic and Metalinguistic Abilities of a Gifted Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Case Study
Melogno, Sergio; Pinto, Maria Antonietta; Levi, Gabriel
Child Language Teaching and Therapy, v31 n1 p113-126 Feb 2015
This study analyses the case of a gifted child (9;6 year) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who had a particularly high verbal IQ (146) and a specific cognitive, linguistic, and metalinguistic profile. A description of some salient behavioral characteristics of the child is provided. A metalinguistic ability test assessing metagrammatical, metasemantic, and metaphonological abilities and a metaphor comprehension test were administered. Both tests place high value on justifications of responses, which permits investigators to grasp different levels of metalinguistic awareness. The child gave poor metalinguistic responses in subtests assessing metasemantic abilities, contrary to subtests assessing metagrammatical and metaphonological abilities. These discrepant results are interpreted in terms of this child's specific difficulty with "open" linguistic systems, such as semantics, in spite of his high "closed" language capabilities. The discussion highlights the importance of assessing the meta-level of the verbal competencies of gifted children with ASD.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Digit Span Test; Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children