Partner perceptions of conversations with individuals with autism spectrum disorder

Cheong Ying Sng*, Mark Carter, Jennifer Stephenson, Naomi Sweller

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Pragmatic difficulties resulting in problems with reciprocal conversation are widely studied in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There is some consensus on the conversation differences between individuals with autism compared to neurotypical groups and groups with other developmental delays. There is little information on whether conversation partners (neurotypical or with ASD) of individuals with ASD find these differences problematic. The results indicate that behaviors reported to be the most problematic were not necessarily behaviors commonly addressed in research. Further, some conversational capacities that have received less research focus were perceived as more problematic. Although conversation partners who had ASD themselves reported the frequency of behaviors similarly to the neurotypical group, they did not find the behaviors as problematic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1182-1197
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number4
Early online date2 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • autism spectrum disorder
  • ASD
  • conversation
  • perceptions
  • pragmatics


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