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Melogno, Sergio; Pinto, Maria Antonietta; Levi, Gabriel – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
This study analyses the case of a gifted child (9;6 year) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who had a particularly high verbal IQ (146) and a specific cognitive, linguistic, and metalinguistic profile. A description of some salient behavioral characteristics of the child is provided. A metalinguistic ability test assessing metagrammatical,…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Gifted, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Melogno, Sergio; D'Ardia, Caterina; Pinto, Maria Antonietta; Levi, Gabriel – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2012
This article presents case studies on metaphor comprehension in two boys with high-functioning autistic spectrum disorder, aged 9;1 (9 years, 1 month) and 8;11. The participants were assessed twice, before and after an intervention program aimed at improving their social skills. The focus of the article is on the specific patterns exhibited by…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Comprehension, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Murphy, Judith; Dodd, Barbara – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2010
Children who have sensory, cognitive or oromotor deficits, or come from a bilingual-speaking background are currently excluded from the diagnosis of specific language impairment (SLI). Emerging evidence, however, suggests that at least 7% of all children have language learning difficulties, irrespective of other diagnoses or language learning…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Speech Communication, Language Impairments, Hearing Impairments