ERIC Number: EJ1154536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Do Verbal Children with Autism Comprehend Gesture as Readily as Typically Developing Children?
Dimitrova, Nevena; Özçaliskan, Seyda; Adamson, Lauren B.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n10 p3267-3280 Oct 2017
Gesture comprehension remains understudied, particularly in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have difficulties in gesture production. Using a novel gesture comprehension task, Study 1 examined how 2- to 4-year-old typically-developing (TD) children comprehend types of gestures and gesture-speech combinations, and showed better comprehension of deictic gestures and reinforcing gesture-speech combinations than iconic/conventional gestures and supplementary gesture-speech combinations at each age. Study 2 compared verbal children with ASD to TD children, comparable in receptive language ability, and showed similar patterns of comprehension in each group. Our results suggest that children comprehend deictic gestures and reinforcing gesture-speech combinations better than iconic/conventional gestures and supplementary combinations--a pattern that remains robust across different ages within TD children and children with ASD.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Preschool Children, Nonverbal Communication, Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Receptive Language, Speech Communication, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: BCS1251337