ERIC Number: EJ1094314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
The Utility of Thin Slice Ratings for Predicting Language Growth in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Walton, Katherine M.; Ingersoll, Brooke R.
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v20 n3 p374-380 Apr 2016
Literature on "Thin Slice" ratings indicates that a number of personality characteristics and behaviors can be accurately predicted by ratings of very short segments (<5?min) of behavior. This study examined the utility of Thin Slice ratings of young children with autism spectrum disorder for predicting developmental skills and language gains over time. A total of 22 preschool-aged children with autism spectrum disorder participated in a battery of developmental assessments and a video-taped therapist-child interaction at Time 1. They then participated in follow-up testing of language skills and a second therapist-child interaction 6?months later (Time 2). Groups of approximately 25 naïve undergraduate students provided impression ratings ("Thin Slice ratings") about each child's skills and behaviors during 2-min segments taken from the therapist-child interaction videos at each time point. Thin Slice ratings at Time 1 were highly correlated with child scores on several developmental assessments at Time 1. In addition, Thin Slice ratings at Time 1 predicted gain in parent-reported expressive vocabulary over the course of 6?months, over and above the predictive utility of Time 1 vocabulary size. These findings provide preliminary evidence for the concurrent and predictive validity of Thin Slice ratings in young children with autism spectrum disorder.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Language Acquisition, Preschool Children, Rating Scales, Child Development, Language Skills, Child Behavior, Correlation, Vocabulary, Expressive Language, Predictive Validity, Diagnostic Tests, Observation, Construct Validity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Preschool Language Scale; Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; Bayley Scales of Infant Development
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