The application of three differing theoretical perspectives in an examination of language skills in Asperger Syndrome and high functioning Autism

Lewis, Fiona M., Woodyatt, Gail C. and Murdoch, Bruce E. (2010). The application of three differing theoretical perspectives in an examination of language skills in Asperger Syndrome and high functioning Autism. In: 28th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, Athens, Greece, (). 22-26 August 2010.


Author Lewis, Fiona M.
Woodyatt, Gail C.
Murdoch, Bruce E.
Title of paper The application of three differing theoretical perspectives in an examination of language skills in Asperger Syndrome and high functioning Autism
Conference name 28th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics
Conference location Athens, Greece
Conference dates 22-26 August 2010
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Published abstract
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Introduction and aims of the study: Three differing foci of Asperger syndrome (AS)/high functioning autism (HFA) research are evident in the literature. The theoretical framework for each of the three research approaches reflects the ongoing debate regarding if and how AS fits into the autism paradigm. The three theoretical approaches to research are validation studies, combined AS/HFA studies, and studies that examine the range of skills on a spectrum of autistic disorders (ASD).
Methods: The three theoretical approaches were applied to a comprehensive language assessment of 20 children with diagnoses of AS/HFA/ASD and a group of control children.
Results: Findings from the validation studies suggested AS and HFA can be differentiated on two language measures. Findings from the combined studies identified a range of language deficits associated with AS/HFA relative to the control group and marked heterogeneity within the group. Findings from the studies that examined the range of skills on the autistic spectrum suggested language skills ranging from above average to severe deficits can be associated with ASD, with some children consistently above average across all language measures and some children consistently at the severe deficit range across all measures. Other children had inconsistent language profiles.
Conclusions:
The classification of AS and HFA is currently undergoing active discussion for the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The findings of the study are discussed in terms of the clinical utility of each approach, as conceptualising the disorders in a way that provides clinical utility to Speech Pathologists needs to be considered in discussions for DSM-V.
Subjects 111714 Mental Health
179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Keyword Autism spectrum disorder
Asperger Syndrome
DSM-V
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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