Do children with autism use the speaker's direction of gaze strategy to crack the code of language?

  title={Do children with autism use the speaker's direction of gaze strategy to crack the code of language?},
  author={Simon Baron-Cohen and David A. Baldwin and Mary Crowson},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={68 1},
Normal toddlers infer the referent of a novel word by consulting the speaker's direction of gaze. That is, they use the Speaker's Direction of Gaze (SDG) strategy. This is a far more powerful strategy than the alternative, the Listener's Direction of Gaze (LDG) strategy. In Study 1 we tested if children with autism, who have well-documented impairments in joint attention, used the SDG or the LDG strategy to learn a novel word for a novel object. Results showed that although 70.6% of children… CONTINUE READING

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