Which way are you looking? Establishing eye-direction detection in children with autism spectrum disorders
Self, Trisha L.
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Hathorn, Lesley, Santry, Kristi, Self, Trisha and Terese Conrad(2009). Which Way Are You Looking? Establishing Eye-Direction Detection in Children with ASD. In Proceedings: 5th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 154-155
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) lack the ability to share attention with others. This is a key symptom for diagnosing an ASD. The inability to reference the joint attention of another negatively impacts a child's language and social skill development. This study investigated whether three preschool boys, diagnosed with ASD, could be taught to detect an adult's eye gaze direction, to obtain a motivational item. Treatment improved all of the participants' ability to reference the trainer's eye gaze and use the trainer's eye direction to locate a concealed reinforcer. If children with ASD can improve their ability to share attention, this may positively affect their language and social skill development.
Paper presented to the 5th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, May 1, 2009.
Research completed at the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions.