Investigation of Relationship Between Basic Concept and Mean Length of Utterances in Children With Autism
The study was conducted to investigate the development of children with autism in terms of basic concepts and mean length of utterances (MLU). The sample of this study was consisted of 36-72 months of 30 children with autism living in Ankara City . While determining chronological ages of samples, it was important that autism and Down syndrome diagnosis in the health board report and special education evaluation report. The basic concepts scores were obtained through one-on-one application of the Boehm-3 Basic Concepts Test (36-71 months) for children in the groups of autism. Participants’ MLUs were determined by taking natural language samples. It was determined that which concepts in the Boehm Basic Concepts Test can be primarily learned as the mean utterance level of the groups increases. While the top and the biggest concepts in the Boehm Basic Concepts Test were the most known concepts; around and some but not too much concepts were the most challenging concepts for children. When we investigated the relationship between the MLU and total basic concept score of the children with autism (r=0.60; p<0.01) were significant. It is thought that the obtained shed light for the researchers and educators in this field.
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