Sign language acquisition in a mute autistic boy

J. D. Bonvillian, Keith Nelson

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Abstract

A mute autistic boy learned to communicate extensively through American Sign Language. Over a six month period he produced many spontaneous signs and sign combinations, and analyses of the child's sign combinations indicated the presence of a full range of semantic relations. Further evidence of conceptual progress was provided by the child's increased score on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test. In addition, parents' and teacher's reports indicated that the child's social behavior improved. The extent of the boy's linguistic progress and associated improvement in social behavior markedly exceeds that usually reported for mute autistic children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-347
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Speech and Hearing Disorders
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976

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Sign Language
language acquisition
Social Behavior
social behavior
Language Tests
Child Behavior
Linguistics
Semantics
Parents
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linguistics
Mute
Sign Language Acquisition
Boys
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In: Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, Vol. 41, No. 3, 01.01.1976, p. 339-347.

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