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Referential communication in children with autism spectrum disorder

Journal article
Authors Sven-Olof Dahlgren
Annika Dahlgren Sandberg
Published in Autism
Volume 12
Issue 4
Pages 335 – 348
ISSN 1362-3613
Publication year 2008
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 335 – 348
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1177/1362361308091648
Keywords Autism spectrum disorder, referential communication, theory of mind, memory
Subject categories Cognitive science

Abstract

Referential communication was studied in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) including children with autism and Asperger syndrome. The aim was to study alternative explanations to the children’s communicative problems in such situations. Factors studied were theory of mind, IQ, verbal ability and memory. The main results demonstrated diminished performance in children with autism spectrum disorder mirroring performance in everyday life in comparison to verbal IQ and mental age matched typically developing children. Among children with autism spectrum disorders, there was a positive relationship between performance in referential communication and theory of mind. Memory capacity proved also to play a role for success in the task.

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