Accurate or Assumed: Visual Learning in Children with ASD
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Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often described as visual learners. We tested this assumption in an experiment in which 25 children with ASD, 19 children with global developmental delay (GDD), and 17 typically developing (TD) children were presented a series of videos via an eye tracker in which an actor instructed them to manipulate objects in speech-only and speech + pictures conditions. We found no group differences in visual attention to the stimuli. The GDD and TD groups performed better when pictures were available, whereas the ASD group did not. Performance of children with ASD and GDD was positively correlated with visual attention and receptive language. We found no evidence of a prominent visual learning style in the ASD group.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
© 2015 Springer Netherlands. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(10), 3276–3287, 2015. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders is available online at: http://link.springer.com/ with the open URL of your article.
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified