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Autism and Developmental Disorders

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Assessment of the Formation of Communication Skills Using VB-MAPP in Preschool Children with ASD 974


Gryaznova A.N.
student, Kazan Federal University, Russia

Vasina V.V.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Chair of Psychology and Pedagogy of Special Education, Kazan Federal University, Kazan, Russia

The level of formation of communication skills in preschool children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is studied. The article presents the material of an empirical study conducted in kindergartens in Kazan. The research involved 8 children aged 4 to 7 years with ASD. The authors focused on the criteria and indicators of the main functional classes of verbal behavior identified in the program of M. Sandberg "Assessment of milestones in the development of verbal behavior and building an individual intervention plan", VB-MAPP. The assessment is based on 170 parameters, which are divided into three age groups. The results obtained postulate a large spread of indicators on the test scales and the lack of dependence of the level of communication on age-suggest that all diagnosed children have a lack of development of communication and behavioral skills in all the presented groups, and other difficulties. The least formed were mands and intraverbal skills. All respondents need an intensive program of work, including the development of social skills: communication, speech comprehension, cooperation, and interaction.

Keywords: autism spectrum disorders, communication skills, preschool children, milestones of development, VB-MAPP

Column: Research & Diagnosis of ASD


Funding. The Research was organized as part of the Federal innovation platform under the Ministry of education of the Russian Federation for the implementation of the project "Development and implementation of an adapted basic educational program for pre-school education of children with autism spectrum disorders", it was carried out at the expense of a grant allocated as part of state support for Kazan Federal University in order to increase its competitiveness among the world's leading research and educational centers.

Acknowledgements. The authors thank I.A. Nigmatullina, the project's scientific supervisor, for her assistance in collecting data for the study.

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