Communication abilities and Rett syndrome

Woodyatt G. and Ozanne A. (1992) Communication abilities and Rett syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 22 2: 155-173. doi:10.1007/BF01058148

Author Woodyatt G.
Ozanne A.
Title Communication abilities and Rett syndrome
Journal name Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0162-3257
Publication date 1992-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF01058148
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 155
End page 173
Total pages 19
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Subject 2700 Medicine
3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
Abstract Investigated 6 girls with Rett syndrome (RS), ages between 2 and 13 years, to provide comprehensive descriptions of their communicative behaviors. Previous studies have not focused on communicative competence nor on the intentionality of the language used by children with RS. This study concluded that all members of the group investigated were at a preintentional level of communication. Intentional communication has previously been reported to develop in normally developing and intellectually disabled children attaining Piagetian Sensorimotor Stage V in Means-End behavior. The present study also investigated the cognitive performance of the group. We concluded that the preintentional level of communication noted was consistent with the subjects' profound intellectual disability. No Means-End (i.e., purposeful) behavior beyond Piagetian Sensorimotor Stage III could be elicited from the 6 girls. The relevance of this study for therapeutic intervention is discussed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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