Accessing and selecting word meaning in autism spectrum disorder

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Comprehension difficulties are commonly reported in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but the causes of these difficulties are poorly understood. This study investigates how children with ASD access and select meanings of ambiguous words to test four hypotheses regarding the nature of their comprehension difficulties: semantic deficit, weak central coherence, reduced top-down control and inhibition deficit.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)964-973
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011

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© 2011 The Authors. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry © 2011 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.


  • Language Tests
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Humans
  • Vocabulary
  • Child
  • Adolescent
  • Male
  • Female
  • Cognition
  • Semantics
  • Reaction Time

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