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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 6/2007

01-07-2007 | Original Paper

Use of Context in Pragmatic Language Comprehension by Children with Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism

Auteurs: Soile Loukusa, Eeva Leinonen, Sanna Kuusikko, Katja Jussila, Marja-Leena Mattila, Nuala Ryder, Hanna Ebeling, Irma Moilanen

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 6/2007

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Abstract

Utilizing relevance theory, this study investigated the ability of children with Asperger syndrome (AS) and high-functioning autism (HFA) to use context when answering questions and when giving explanations for their correct answers. Three groups participated in this study: younger AS/HFA group (age 7–9, n = 16), older AS/HFA group (age 10–12, n = 23) and a normally functioning control group (age 7–9, n = 23). The results indicated that the younger AS/HFA group did less well when answering contextually demanding questions compared to the control group, and the performance of the older AS/HFA group fell in between the younger AS/HFA group and the control group. Both AS/HFA groups had difficulties explaining their correct answers, suggesting that they are not always aware of how they have derived answers from the context.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Use of Context in Pragmatic Language Comprehension by Children with Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism
Auteurs
Soile Loukusa
Eeva Leinonen
Sanna Kuusikko
Katja Jussila
Marja-Leena Mattila
Nuala Ryder
Hanna Ebeling
Irma Moilanen
Publicatiedatum
01-07-2007
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 6/2007
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-006-0247-2