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Facilitating other-awareness in low-functioning children with autism and typically-developing preschoolers using dual-control technology
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-08, 15:16 authored by Samantha HoltSamantha Holt, Nicola YuillNicola Yuill
Children with autism are said to lack other-awareness, which restricts their opportunities for peer collaboration. We assessed other-awareness in non-verbal children with autism and typically-developing preschoolers collaborating on a shared computerised picture-sorting task. The studies compared a novel interface, designed to support other-awareness, with a standard interface, with adult and peer partners. The autism group showed no active other-awareness using the standard interface, but revealed clear active other-awareness using the supportive interface. Both groups displayed more other-awareness with the technology than without and also when collaborating with a peer than with an adult partner. We argue that children with autism possess latent abilities to coordinate social interaction that only become evident with appropriate support.
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
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