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Hobson, Jessica A.; Hobson, R. Peter; Cheung, Yuen; Caló, Susana – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2015
The aim of this study was to examine the relation between symbolic play and communicative engagement among children with and without autism. Our predictions were firstly, that in moment-by-moment interactions during semi-structured interactive play with an adult, children with and without autism would tend to show shifts in meanings in symbolic…
Descriptors: Autism, Children, Comparative Analysis, Play
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Hobson, R. Peter; Garcia-Perez, Rosa M.; Lee, Anthony – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2010
We employed semi-structured tests to determine whether children with autism produce and comprehend deictic (person-centred) expressions such as "this"/"tilde" "here"/"there" and "come"/"go", and whether they understand atypical non-verbal gestural deixis in the form of directed head-nods to indicate location. In Study 1, most participants…
Descriptors: Autism, Children, Nonverbal Communication, Verbal Communication
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Hobson, R. Peter; Lee, Anthony; Hobson, Jessica A. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2009
We hypothesized that the qualities of play shown by children with autism reflect their impoverished experience of identifying with other people's attitudes and moving among person-anchored perspectives. On this basis, we predicted their play should manifest a relative lack of the social-developmental hallmarks that typify creative symbolic…
Descriptors: Play, Autism, Children, Interpersonal Competence
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Garcia-Perez, Rosa M.; Lee, Anthony; Hobson, R. Peter – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2007
Does autism involve a deficit in intersubjective engagement with other persons? We studied nonverbal communication in children and adolescents with and without autism (n = 12 per group), group-matched for chronological age and verbal mental age, during 3 min of a videotaped interview. In keeping with previous studies, there were only subtle but…
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Autism, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Skills
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Hobson, R. Peter; Lee, Anthony; Brown, Rachel – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1999
This study compared a group of nine children (ages 3 to 8) with congenital blindness and an autism-like syndrome with nine sighted children. Children with autism had more severe abnormalities in terms of their relationships with people and emotional expressions, and were more impaired in the area of pretend play. (CR)
Descriptors: Autism, Blindness, Children, Comparative Analysis