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LangSci Lunch Talk: Julianne Garbarino (HESP)

Time: 
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: 
2130 H. J. Patterson (LSC)


Learning to persuade: How high school and college students with autism master discourse skills

Some young adults who have autism and average to above average intelligence (formerly Asperger syndrome (AS) or high functioning autism (HFA)) show poorer collegiate and vocational success than would be expected given their IQ and apparently strong structural language skills. In the language disorders literature, it’s become apparent that some speakers with average vocabulary size and with no apparent morpho-syntactic errors struggle with discourse-level tasks such as telling a story, persuading, or explaining. Prior studies of discourse-level language in young adult speakers with AS/HFA have used tasks that do not approximate the language demands encountered in, for instance, college courses, and have reported mixed findings. I present results from a language sampling study that uses age-appropriate discourse tasks to assess language skills in teens/young adults with AS/HFA. 

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Food and ideas bring people together. Our weekly lunch talk series provides students and faculty with the opportunity to present their in-progress work to a supportive, interdisciplinary audience.

Lunch is served starting at 12:15pm.