Setting Effects on the Occurrence of Autistic Children's Immediate Echolalia

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Psychology (CMC)

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This study was designed to assess the effects of setting familiarity on autistic children's immediate echolalia. Six autistic boys were presented with a receptive labeling task in several settings varying in familiarity of person, room, and task stimuli. The amount of immediate echolalia emitted during the task in each of the settings was recorded. The results indicated that the greatest amount of echolalia occurred in settings in which an unfamiliar person presented unfamiliar task stimuli. The second greatest amount of echolalia occurred when a familiar person presented the unfamiliar stimuli. The results are discussed in terms of previous literature, classroom design, and treatment procedures for autistic children.

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