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ERIC Number: EJ1077758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
The Development of Co-Speech Gesture and Its Semantic Integration with Speech in 6- to 12-Year-Old Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
So, Wing-Chee; Wong, Miranda Kit-Yi; Lui, Ming; Yip, Virginia
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v19 n8 p956-968 Nov 2015
Previous work leaves open the question of whether children with autism spectrum disorders aged 6-12?years have delay in producing gestures compared to their typically developing peers. This study examined gestural production among school-aged children in a naturalistic context and how their gestures are semantically related to the accompanying speech. Delay in gestural production was found in children with autism spectrum disorders through their middle to late childhood. Compared to their typically developing counterparts, children with autism spectrum disorders gestured less often and used fewer types of gestures, in particular markers, which carry culture-specific meaning. Typically developing children's gestural production was related to language and cognitive skills, but among children with autism spectrum disorders, gestural production was more strongly related to the severity of socio-communicative impairment. Gesture impairment also included the failure to integrate speech with gesture: in particular, supplementary gestures are absent in children with autism spectrum disorders. The findings extend our understanding of gestural production in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorders during spontaneous interaction. The results can help guide new therapies for gestural production for children with autism spectrum disorders in middle and late childhood.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; Rey Osterrieth Complex Figure Test; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
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