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ERIC Number: EJ1090406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Altered Gesture and Speech Production in ASD Detract from In-Person Communicative Quality
Morett, Laura M.; O'Hearn, Kirsten; Luna, Beatriz; Ghuman, Avniel Singh
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n3 p998-1012 Mar 2016
This study disentangled the influences of language and social processing on communication in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by examining whether gesture and speech production differs as a function of social context. The results indicate that, unlike other adolescents, adolescents with ASD did not increase their coherency and engagement in the presence of a visible listener, and that greater coherency and engagement were related to lesser social and communicative impairments. Additionally, the results indicated that adolescents with ASD produced sparser speech and fewer gestures conveying supplementary information, and that both of these effects increased in the presence of a visible listener. Together, these findings suggest that interpersonal communication deficits in ASD are driven more strongly by social processing than language processing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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