The use of personal pronouns by autistic children
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Spontaneously echolalic autistic children who had never used the pronoun Iwere exposed to short sentences containing several personal pronouns in all positions in a 3-word utterance. It was found that there was no tendency for children to avoid the repetition of I,once sentence position was controlled. A number of children echoed the final word of the sentence while others repeated the whole utterance. The findings provide no support for a psychogenic theory of speech behavior in autistic children.
KeywordsSchool Psychology Autistic Child Final Word Personal Pronoun Short Sentence
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