Exploring Pragmatic Language Dysfunction in High Functioning Speakers with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Reliability Study for Transcription using Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT)

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  • Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) commonly experience difficulties with pragmatic language use. To determine how cognitive load affects the pragmatic language use of high-functioning children with ASD, 11 children between the ages of 7 and 12 and diagnosed with ASD performed talk-aloud number line tasks of increasing difficulty. Their performance will be compared to 11 typically developing children matched on chronological age and non-verbal mental age. All children involved in the study spoke English as their first language, and had no known neurological disorder. A future study will focus on the pragmatic performance of the participants and the investigators expect to find that children with ASD make more pragmatic errors than matched controls and that all participants make more errors on longer number lines. This phase of the study focused on transcription of the data. With appropriate training, graduate research students transcribed the samples using Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT) software. Inter-rate reliability of better than 80%was achieved.

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