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

Journal Article


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.

UOW Authors


  •   Ryder, Nuala (external author)
  •   Loukusa, Soile (external author)
  •   Jussila, K (external author)
  •   Mattila, M (external author)
  •   Ebeling, Hanna (external author)
  •   Moilanen, Irma (external author)
  •   Kuusikko, S (external author)
  •   Leinonen, Eeva K. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • 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.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-34250813771

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/vc/47

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 1049

End Page


  • 1059

Volume


  • 37

Issue


  • 6

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.

UOW Authors


  •   Ryder, Nuala (external author)
  •   Loukusa, Soile (external author)
  •   Jussila, K (external author)
  •   Mattila, M (external author)
  •   Ebeling, Hanna (external author)
  •   Moilanen, Irma (external author)
  •   Kuusikko, S (external author)
  •   Leinonen, Eeva K. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • 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.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-34250813771

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/vc/47

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 1049

End Page


  • 1059

Volume


  • 37

Issue


  • 6