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Does teaching a theory of mind have an effect on social communication in children with autism?

Hadwin, J, Baron-Cohen, S., Howlin, P. and Hill, K. (1997) Does teaching a theory of mind have an effect on social communication in children with autism? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 27, (5), pp. 519-537.

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The present research examined whether teaching children with autism to pass tasks that assess mental state understanding had any positive effects on communication. Two aspects of communication previously shown to be deficient in children with autism were considered. These are conversational ability, in particular the ability to expand on conversation, and the use of mental state terms in speech. Results showed that no discernible improvement was seen on either measure of communication following mental state teaching. Discussion centers on real versus superficial changes in understanding mental states as a result of teaching.

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Published date: 1997


Local EPrints ID: 18368
ISSN: 0162-3257
PURE UUID: 8bd91ad9-b394-4bef-a675-61038981d9b2

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Date deposited: 09 Jan 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:36

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Author: J Hadwin
Author: S. Baron-Cohen
Author: P. Howlin
Author: K. Hill

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