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Does central coherence affect the performance of children with autism in dynamic assessments

Aljunied, M; Frederickson, NL; (2013) Does central coherence affect the performance of children with autism in dynamic assessments. Autism: the international journal of research and practice , 17 (2) pp. 172-183. 10.1177/1362361311409960. Green open access

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Abstract

Central coherence refers to an in-built propensity to form meaningful links over a wide range of stimuli and to generalize over as wide a range of contexts as possible. In children with autism this ability is diminished, and the impact of central coherence deficits in children with autism have previously been observed using static measures of learning, such as reading comprehension test performance. In this study, the relationship between central coherence and more dynamic indicators of learning are investigated. The responses of 52 children with autism (mean age 9:10 years) on a test of central coherence and a dynamic assessment task were analysed. All the children showed significant improvements in dynamic assessment test scores after mediation; however, among those with below average nonverbal intelligence scores, weak central coherence was significantly associated with smaller gains in performance after teaching. Implications for the validity of dynamic assessments for children with autism are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Does central coherence affect the performance of children with autism in dynamic assessments
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1362361311409960
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1362361311409960
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2011. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page(http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/openaccess.htm).
Keywords: autism; central coherence; dynamic assessment;
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1341926
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