Title: Making sense in a fragmentary world - Communication in people with autism and learning disability
Authors: Noens, Ilse ×
van Beckelaer-Onnes, Ina #
Issue Date: Jun-2004
Publisher: Sage publications ltd
Series Title: Autism vol:8 issue:2 pages:197-218
Abstract: The communicative capabilities of people with autism are impaired and limited in significant ways. The problems are characterized by a lack of intentionality and symbol formation, which indicates that the deviant development of communication in autism is associated with a specific cognitive style. The central coherence theory can offer insight into the specific communication problems of people with autism, since a weaker drive for central coherence leads to problems in sense-making and, consequently, in communication. In the case of the comorbidity of autism and learning disability, the communication problems are aggravated. The crucial point is the determination of the level of sense-making, taking this comorbidity into account. Assessment and intervention have to be tuned to individual needs, in order to increase the communicative competence of people with autism and learning disability.
ISSN: 1362-3613
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Parenting and Special Education
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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