The authors of this study were interested in furthering the research on the language deficit in autism spectrum disorder while also developing techniques to increase expressive language.
Early language skills such as echoing spoken language, providing fill-in-the-blank responses, and making simple responses to direct questions are heavily researched and easily trained among children with autism. However, the ability to answer more complex questions that require the processing of more than one piece of information, present a significant challenge to many individuals with autism.
In this study, three, school-aged children with autism were taught how to respond to questions that required attention to multiple pieces of information. The results of this study show that children with autism can be taught to answer complex questions within a fairly short time frame.
About the Authors:
- Muniq Anam is an Instructor Therapist at Surrey Place Centre and holds a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Trent University.
- Deane Redican is an Instructor Therapist at Surrey Place Centre, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in applied disabilities at Brock University.
- Molly Skelly holds a BScH in psychology from Queen’s University, as well as a diploma in behaviour science from George Brown College. She has been working in the field of Applied Behavioural Analysis for the past two years with both adults and children.