Speaking the Same Language? Comparing the communication profiles of females and males on the autism spectrum

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This poster shows initial findings from stage one of my PhD study.

13 female and 13 males with autism, aged 9-10years (PIQ M=111), were compared on a range of structural and pragmatic language assessments against typically developing norms.

No differences were found in structural language tasks (receptive and expressive vocabulary and grammar).

A clear pattern emerged for pragmatic tasks where females with typical development performed best and males with ASD performed worst of the four groups. Males with typical development and females with ASD performed between the two and to some extent were 'lost in the middle'. The children were tested on figurative language, coherence bridging and vocabulary of emotions.

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2017
EventRCSLT Conference 2017 Speech and Language Therapy: MAXIMISING IMPACT - Scottish Events Campus, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Event duration: 27 Sep 201728 Sep 2017


ConferenceRCSLT Conference 2017 Speech and Language Therapy: MAXIMISING IMPACT
CountryUnited Kingdom