ERIC Number: EJ1201309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Treating Expressive Affective Prosody in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Akbari, Christina C.; Davis, Andria H.
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v40 n2 p117-124 Feb 2019
Although prosodic deficits have been reported to occur with many different populations, little published research addresses treatment options for these deficits. This study was designed to examine one treatment's impact, the six-step imitative approach, on the expressive affective prosody of an adolescent with autism who had average intelligence and good receptive/expressive language skills. As this approach has been successfully utilized in treating the affective prosody deficits in adults with acquired deficits, it was hypothesized that it could also be effective in treating individuals with prosody deficits associated with developmental disorders. A case study is presented to demonstrate the changes associated with the six-step imitative approach on the acoustic (fundamental frequency [F[subscript 0]], duration, and intensity) and the perceptual characteristics of speech. This study suggests that the six-step imitative approach may be beneficial in treating some expressive prosodic deficits in children with autism.
Descriptors: Expressive Language, Suprasegmentals, Acoustics, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Imitation, Affective Behavior, Intervention, Adolescents, Speech Communication, Outcomes of Treatment
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