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Differences between spontaneous and elicited expressive communication in children with autism

Chiang, Hsu-Min,

Academic Literature

2009

The purpose of this study was to investigate the differences between spontaneous and elicited expressive communication in Australian and Taiwanese children with autism who were nonverbal or had limited speech. Thirty-four Australian and Taiwanese children with autism were observed in naturalist setting.

Results indicated that children with autism with limited speech produced more spontaneous communication than elicited communication. These children were more likely to use unaided augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and communicate for requesting purpose during spontaneous communication. Acknowledge was the most common communication partner's response during spontaneous and elicited communication. Spontaneous communication was more likely than elicited communication to occur during academic activities. Taiwanese children with autism produced more spontaneous communication than did Australian children with autism.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Location : International

Domain/s: Transport and communication

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