11-03-2019 | Brief Report
Brief Report: Analysis of the Relationship Between Turn Taking and Joint Attention for Toddlers with Autism
Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 7/2020Log in om toegang te krijgen
The relationship between turn taking (i.e., back-and-forth preverbal communicative exchanges) and joint attention has not been studied in interactions between children with autism and caregivers. In joint attention, a form of preverbal social communication, young children socially share attention with a partner about objects, a competency that is difficult for toddlers with autism. Video data of interactions between caregivers and 61 toddlers with autism who received joint attention-focused intervention were analyzed to determine associations between turn taking and joint attention. Results indicate a positive relationship between the two forms of social communication. Further study is needed to determine the extent to which turn taking may play a foundational role in supporting joint attention development for toddlers with autism.