Brief Report: Early Lexical Comprehension in Young Children with ASD: Comparing Eye-Gaze Methodology and Parent Report.

TitleBrief Report: Early Lexical Comprehension in Young Children with ASD: Comparing Eye-Gaze Methodology and Parent Report.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsVenker CE, Haebig E, Edwards J, Saffran JR, Weismer SEllis
JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
Volume46
Issue6
Pagination2260-6
Date Published2016 06
ISSN1573-3432
KeywordsAutism Spectrum Disorder, Child, Child, Preschool, Comprehension, Female, Fixation, Ocular, Humans, Male, Parents, Pattern Recognition, Visual, Speech Perception, Verbal Learning, Vocabulary
Abstract

Lexical comprehension is commonly measured by parent report, but it may be difficult for parents of children with ASD to accurately judge their child's comprehension. We compared parent report to an eye-gaze measure of lexical comprehension in which participants observed pairs of images on a screen, along with accompanying speech that named one of the two images. Twenty-two toddlers with ASD participated. Trials were included if the target word was reported as unknown. Children spent significantly more time looking at the target after it was named than before (d = 0.66). These results provide evidence that eye-gaze measures can reveal emerging lexical knowledge in young children with ASD that may otherwise be overlooked.

DOI10.1007/s10803-016-2747-z
Alternate JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
PubMed ID26883646
PubMed Central IDPMC4860357
Grant ListP30 HD003352 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R01 DC012513 / DC / NIDCD NIH HHS / United States