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Typical and atypical communicative functioning in everyday interactional settings

Abstract : Most studies of children with ASD evaluate communicative and pragmatic skills in experimental settings. To understand ASD children's capabilities, or how to enhance their social adaptation, studies of natural interaction with familiar partners appear crucial. This talk focuses on studies of everyday naturally-occurring social interaction between ASD children and their familiar partners, looking at the development of typical and atypical functioning of pragmatic skills in everyday communication. The negotiation of oppositional episodes will be described in detail. Particular attention will be given to the production and comprehension of justifications and to their effect on the ensuing social interaction. Oppositional episodes are of special interest because they occur frequently in everyday interactions and are clearly identifiable. Moreover, they are particularly demanding from the viewpoint of socio-pragmatic adaptation and can thus reveal children's level of understanding in the domain of ToM in action. Our pragmatic approach will be illustrated by comparative studies of ASD children matched on verbal age to typically developing children. The discussion will focus on the importance of studying naturally-occurring interaction for understanding children's practical "theory of mind", adequate functionings as well as difficulties, and for planning future intervention studies.
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Edy Veneziano, Marie-Hélène Plumet. Typical and atypical communicative functioning in everyday interactional settings. AutismComSym 2011: Communicative and symbolic behaviors in autistic children, 2011, Paris, France. ⟨halshs-00614001⟩



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