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Hidden communicative competence: Case study evidence using eye-tracking and video analysis

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TitleHidden communicative competence: Case study evidence using eye-tracking and video analysis
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractA facilitated communication (FC) user with an autism spectrum disorder produced sophisticated texts by pointing, with physical support, to letters on a letterboard while their eyes were tracked and while their pointing movements were video recorded. This FC user has virtually no independent means of expression, and is held to have no literacy skills. The resulting data were subjected to a variety of analyses aimed at describing the relationship between the FC user's looking and pointing behaviours, in order to make inferences about the complex question of 'authorship'. The eye-tracking data present a challenge to traditional 'facilitator influence' accounts of authorship, and are consistent with the proposition that this FC user does indeed author the sophisticated texts that are attributed to him; he looks for longer at to-be-typed letters before typing them, and looks ahead to subsequent letters of words before the next letter of the word is typed.
AuthorsGrayson, A., Emerson A., Howard-Jones P., and O'Neil L.
Year of Publication2012
Date PublishedJan
PublicationAutism
Volume16
Issue1
Pages75-86
ISSN1362-3613 (print), 1461-7005 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://aut.sagepub.com/content/16/1/75
Keywords (MeSH)adult, child, child development disorders, communication, eye movements, fixation-ocular
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