Spontaneous narrative-discourse performance of parents of autistic individuals

Rebecca Landa, S. E. Folstein, C. Isaacs

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Abstract

The spontaneous narrative-discourse performance of parents of autistic individuals was compared to controls. The narratives of autism parents were similar in length to controls' narratives but were less complex and less coherent. A subgroup of autism parents produced either skeletal or rambling narratives that were not characterized by the type of simplifications that are reported to facilitate comprehension in very young or language-impaired children. The narrative-discourse deficits of this subgroup appeared to be consistent with the hypothesis of a genetic liability for autism that expresses in milder forms and may include impaired language abilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1339-1345
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Speech and Hearing Research
Volume34
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1991

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Spontaneous narrative-discourse performance of parents of autistic individuals. / Landa, Rebecca; Folstein, S. E.; Isaacs, C.

In: Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Vol. 34, No. 6, 1991, p. 1339-1345.

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