Miruthulavarshini. P – Processes of Language Acquisition in Children with Autism: Evidence from preferential looking.

Swensen, Lauren D. “Processes of Language Acquisition in Children with Autism: Evidence from preferential looking”. Child development 78.2 (2007): n.pag. Web. 16 June 2016.

This research answers the question; Do children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and typical children acquire language in the same way? To examine them the researcher has looked into different methods of evaluating. First, he has done product-and process-oriented research on the language acquisition of children with ASD. In this research, he found that children with ASD are able to produce the sentence with an SVO pattern as a typical children do. To find this he has applied a new method called“Intermodal preferential looking” (IPL) for studying language acquisition in ASD children. Tager-Flusberg and her colleagues analyzed the speech of six boys with ASD and found that they don’t have problems in grammatical development. The reason behind is found that these boys are previously engage in more and longer episodes of joint attention with their mothers. Then he finds a new method for studying language in children with ASD. That is, they played side-by-side videos and made the children to watch it. The linguistic audio paired with the object is played. The researcher filmed the child’s eye movement and later coded them. What do these findings reveal about language acquisition in children with ASD? Two processes of typical language development-comprehension preceding production and the noun bias have now been demonstrated to be present in language-learning children with autism. The limitation of this study is they failed to know the exact nature of each child’s language therapy and there is a dearth of specific information about the ASD children’s language interventions. Finally, they found that children with ASD acquires the language same as the typical children do. The reason for delay of language acquisition in some ASD children are due to social disinterest and lack of verbal dyspraxia rather than saying language disability.


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