Title

Use of context in pragmatic language comprehension by children with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2007

Publication Details

Loukusa, S., Leinonen, E. K., Kuusikko, S., Jussila, K., Mattila, M., Ryder, N., Ebeling, H. & Moilanen, I. (2007). Use of context in pragmatic language comprehension by children with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37 (6), 1049-1059.

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. 2006 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

RIS ID

74881

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-006-0247-2