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ERIC Number: EJ792465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Brief Report: Human Figure Drawings by Children with Asperger's Syndrome
Lim, Hui Keow; Slaughter, Virginia
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n5 p988-994 May 2008
Twenty-nine children with Asperger's syndrome and 28 typically developing children, matched on gender, chronological age and nonverbal IQ, were asked to produce a free drawing, then requested to draw a person, a house and a tree. The drawings were scored using standardized procedures for assessing accuracy, detail and complexity. There were no differences between the diagnostic groups on the tree or house drawing scores. The human figure drawing scores of children with Asperger's syndrome were significantly lower than those of the typically developing children, and there was a positive correlation between human figure drawing scores and communication sub-scores on the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, for the Asperger's group. These results suggest that the selective deficit in generating human figure representations may derive from a relative lack of interest in the social world, and/or limited practice in drawing people.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales