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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 7/2008

01-08-2008 | Original Paper

Size Sequencing as a Window on Executive Control in Children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

Auteurs: Margaret McGonigle-Chalmers, Kimberly Bodner, Alicia Fox-Pitt, Laura Nicholson

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 7/2008

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Abstract

A study is reported in which size sequencing on a touch screen is used as a measure of executive control in 20 high-functioning children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The data show a significant and age-independent effect of the length of sequence that can be executed without errors by these children, in comparison with a chronologically age-matched group of children with normal development. Error data and reaction times are analysed and are interpreted as revealing a constraint on the prospective component of working memory in children on the autistic spectrum even when there is no change in goal or perceptual set. It is concluded that the size sequencing paradigm is an effective measure of executive difficulties associated with autism.
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Percentile ranks are used to allow comparability across the WISC-R and the K-ABC
 
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Although 5 of the 40 children were above the age limit for this test, none had raw scores at ceiling and so it was deemed meaningful to use their scores as scaled for the oldest group.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Size Sequencing as a Window on Executive Control in Children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
Auteurs
Margaret McGonigle-Chalmers
Kimberly Bodner
Alicia Fox-Pitt
Laura Nicholson
Publicatiedatum
01-08-2008
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 7/2008
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-007-0396-y

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