Communicative competence and metalinguistic ability: Performance by children and adults with autism spectrum disorder

Lewis, F. M., Murdoch, B. E. and Woodyatt, G. C. (2007) Communicative competence and metalinguistic ability: Performance by children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism And Developmental Disorders, 37 8: 1525-1538. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0265-0


Author Lewis, F. M.
Murdoch, B. E.
Woodyatt, G. C.
Title Communicative competence and metalinguistic ability: Performance by children and adults with autism spectrum disorder
Journal name Journal of Autism And Developmental Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0162-3257
Publication date 2007-01-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10803-006-0265-0
Open Access Status
Volume 37
Issue 8
Start page 1525
End page 1538
Total pages 14
Place of publication New York
Publisher Springer/plenum Publishers
Language eng
Subject 730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
C1
330109 Assessment and Evaluation
330108 Special Education
321025 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Hearing and Speech
Abstract The Test of Language Competence-Expanded Edition (TLC-E) was administered to children and adults with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Relative to controls, those with ASD were less competent on a range of TLC-E tasks. No differences were found for either child or adult ASD groups on any of the TLC-E measures when re-classified as Asperger syndrome (AS) and high functioning autism (HFA) using DSM-IV language criterion. Hierarchical cluster analyses of individuals with ASD identified subgroups within the spectrum. The use of developmental language history as an identifying marker in autism is questioned. The findings suggest that comprehensive language assessments on individuals with ASD can provide clinically relevant information regarding the heterogeneity of language skills within the autistic spectrum.
Keyword Psychology, Developmental
autism spectrum disorder
test of language competences-expanded edition
DSM-IV language criterion
subgroups
High-functioning Children
Aspergers-syndrome
Dsm-iv
Language
Symptoms
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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