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ERIC Number: EJ798601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1088-3576
The Relationship between Joint Attention and Language in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Murray, Donna S.; Creaghead, Nancy A.; Manning-Courtney, Patricia; Shear, Paula K.; Bean, Judy; Prendeville, Jo-Anne
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v23 n1 p5-14 2008
The relationship between initiation of and response to joint attention and components of receptive and expressive language in 20 children with autism between the ages of 3 and 5 years were examined. Receptive language skills were assessed using the "Mullen Scales of Early Learning" (MSEL). Expressive language skills were evaluated by examining Mean Length of Utterance and Type Token Ratio. These variables, along with data on responses to joint attention bids and initiation of joint attention were analyzed using Spearman calculations. The ability to respond to the joint attention bids of others was positively correlated with receptive language scores on the MSEL and mean length of utterance in children with autism. There was no relationship between the ability to initiate joint attention and the selected components of language examined. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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