A conversation analysis study exploring the communicative strategies used by a child on the autistic spectrum with a familiar adult and an unfamiliar adult
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Communication breakdown is a frequent occurrence when conversing with a person with autism. This study explores the strategies used by a 10 year old boy with high functioning autism in a conversation exchange. The study looks at the two conversation exchanges - one between the child and a familiar adult and another between the child and an unfamiliar adult. This is in an attempt to explore the strategies used by the child in each interaction and the impact of partner familiarity on the conversational exchange. Conversation between the child and the familiar adult and the child and the unfamiliar adult was transcribed and analysed using the method of Conversation Analysis. The analysis highlighted the features of conversation of the child in both exchanges. The study showed the differences between non-verbal behaviour, perseveration and relevance in the interaction with the familiar adult and the unfamiliar adult. Possible clinical implications are discussed and suggestions for future research are proposed.
BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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