Facilitating other-awareness in low-functioning children with autism and typically-developing preschoolers using dual-control technology

Holt, Samantha and Yuill, Nicola (2014) Facilitating other-awareness in low-functioning children with autism and typically-developing preschoolers using dual-control technology. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 (1). pp. 236-248. ISSN 0162-3257

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Abstract

Children with autism are said to lack other-awareness, which restricts their opportunities for peer collaboration. We assessed other-awareness in non-verbal children with autism and typically-developing preschoolers collaborating on a shared computerised picture-sorting task. The studies compared a novel interface, designed to support other-awareness, with a standard interface, with adult and peer partners. The autism group showed no active other-awareness using the standard interface, but revealed clear active other-awareness using the supportive interface. Both groups displayed more other-awareness with the technology than without and also when collaborating with a peer than with an adult partner. We argue that children with autism possess latent abilities to coordinate social interaction that only become evident with appropriate support.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: Q Science > QZ Psychology
Depositing User: Nicola Yuill
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2013 08:18
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2014 13:42
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45512
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