Skip to main content
Article
Conversational Behaviors in Youth with High-functioning ASD and Asperger Syndrome
Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Publications
  • Rhea Paul, Sacred Heart University
  • Stephanie Miles Orlovski, Yale Child Study Center
  • Hillary Chuba Marcinko, Yale Child Study Center
  • Fred Volkmar, Yale Child Study Center
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2009
Abstract

Twenty-nine youth with autism spectrum disorders and 26 with typical development between 12 and 18 years of age were engaged in structured interviews (ADOS). The interviews were videotaped and rated for atypical conversational behaviors by trained raters, using the Pragmatic Rating Scale (Landa et al. Psychol Med 22:245–254, 1992). The ASD group was divided into AS and HFA/PDD-NOS subgroups. Significant differences were found among groups on approximately one-third of the PRS items. These items involved primarily the management of topics and information, reciprocity, intonation, and gaze management. The only differences to reach significance between the AS and HFA/PDD-NOS group were a greater tendency for overly formal speech on the part of the AS group, and more difficulty with gaze management on the part of the group with HFA/PDD-NOS. The implications of these findings for understanding and treating conversational deficits in ASD are discussed.

Comments

Version posted here is the NIH-PA Author Manuscript.

Published in final edited form as:

Paul, R., S. M. Orlovski, H. C. Marcinko, F. Volkmar. "Conversational Behaviors in Youth with High-functioning ASD and Asperger Syndrome." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 39.1 (Jan 2009): 115-125. Print

PMID: 18607708

DOI
10.1007/s10803-008-0607-1
Citation Information
Rhea Paul, Stephanie Miles Orlovski, Hillary Chuba Marcinko and Fred Volkmar. "Conversational Behaviors in Youth with High-functioning ASD and Asperger Syndrome" (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rhea_paul/12/