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Profound Expressive Language Impairment in Low Functioning Children with Autism: An Investigation of Syntactic Awareness Using a Computerised Learning Task.
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PMID:  23292162     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Nine low-functioning children with profound expressive language impairment and autism were studied in terms of their responsiveness to a computer-based learning program designed to assess syntactic awareness. The children learned to touch words on a screen in the correct sequence in order to see a corresponding animation, such as 'monkey flies'. The game progressed in levels from 2 to 4 word sequences, contingent upon success at each stage. Although performance was highly variable across participants, a detailed review of their learning profiles suggested that no child lacked syntactic awareness and that elementary syntactic control in a non-speech domain was superior to that manifest in their spoken language. The reasons for production failures at the level of speech in children with autism are discussed.
Authors:
Maggie McGonigle-Chalmers; Ben Alderson-Day; Joanna Fleming; Karl Monsen
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of autism and developmental disorders     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-3432     ISO Abbreviation:  J Autism Dev Disord     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7904301     Medline TA:  J Autism Dev Disord     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, 7 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9QU, Scotland, UK, M.McGonigle@ed.ac.uk.
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