Communicative Interaction Between Mothers and Their Autistic Children: Application of a New Instrument and Changes After Treatment

THEODORE SHAPIRO, EMILY FROSCH, SUSAN ARNOLD

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Abstract

Five children with autism and one with dysphasia were studied using a pragmatic measure of dyadic interpretation formerly used only in normal populations. It was shown that such a measure could be used to describe the interactive behavior of deviant children in a reliable and valid way. Mothers of these children are, by and large, less able to set up successful dialogues because they frequently redirect them. After a nursery program of 5 to 8 months, mothers became less asynchronous and approximated a teacher's success in synchronous dialogue. Autistic children's development can be enhanced by better interaction with their adult environment. This study demonstrates how this new application of a method can measure such changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-490
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • autism
  • communication
  • dialogue
  • synchrony
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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