Working Memory and Language Associations in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Research Study

A range of language abilities is seen in Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with some having typical abilities and others severe impairments. Working memory (WM) deficits have also been found in some children with ASD. In typically developing, as well as non-ASD children with language deficits a strong relationship has been found between WM and language abilities. Although both language and WM deficits are often seen in ASD, the relationship between these deficits has been underexplored. The objective of this study is to investigate the relationship between WM and language in children with ASD. Our aim is to look at associations between WM and language abilities in a large sample of children with ASD. We hypothesize that there will be a relationship between these abilities, such that children with WM deficits will also show impairments in language and stronger WM will be associated with better language abilities. Results will provide important information on how interconnected these skills are and may provide information for novel targets or approaches to improve language abilities in children with ASD.
Our methods are comprised of Anonymous Online Data Collection from Parent.
Subjects: Subjects will include children 5-17 years old with a diagnosis of ASD (including autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger). Inclusion criteria is as follows: prior diagnosis of ASD, English first language spoken in the home.
Exclusion criteria includes the following: Frank neurologic damage or loss of consciousness for > 10 minutes; and neurological or major psychiatric conditions (i.e., schizophrenia, bipolar).
Behavioral Measures will include: a demographic and diagnostic questionnaire; the Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, 2nd Edition (ABASC-II) ( the ABASC-II is a standardized parent report measure used to assess adaptive skills, including communication, at home, school, and other places) ; and lastly the
Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function, 2nd Edition (BRIEF-2) which is a standardized parent report measure of executive functioning in children, including measures of planning, inhibition, as well as working memory The total amount of time is estimated to be about 15 to 20 minutes

Published on: Dec 30, 2022 at 9:50

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