Repair strategies used by verbal students with autism during free play

Yoshihisa Ohtake, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Akitaka Nakaya, Shoji Takahashi, Masafumi Yanagihara

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This study assessed the repair strategies used by verbal students with autism (N = 12) when faced with verbal requests for clarification, gestural requests, not attending and not responding, and wrong responses. Data were collected in request contexts contrived by the communication partner during free play. The results indicated that most of the students repaired more than 80% of the communication breakdowns. In addition, they tended to choose communication forms that reflected the social meaning of the breakdown. However, they were likely to rely on unconventional forms when they faced wrong response breakdowns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalFocus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


  • assessment
  • autism
  • communication repair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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