THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTENTIONAL COMMUNICATION IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
Chiang, C.H. and Soong, W.T., National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
This is the 2nd report of a longitudinal study on the development of intentional communication (IC) in children with autism. Methods: Based on the former task designed by the authors, we tested in children with autism(A)(CA=50.4 months, MA=47.1 months), MA matched group of children with developmental delay(D), and young normal children(N). Results: 1. Compared to the other groups, the A group displayed the similar ability in both low and high level of IC. 2. There was no difference in the means of high level of IC in the three MA matched groups, but A group lagged behind in the frequency of combining gaze alternating and high level of IC. Conclusion: On the development of intentional communication in children with autism, they gradually developed but some communicative skills still limited.