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Excellent Word-Reading Ability in the Context of an Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Case Study of a Swedish-Speaking 7-Year-Old Boy

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This case study seeks to extend our knowledge of the phenotype associated with excellent word reading in autism spectrum disorder by a detailed examination of psycholinguistic, neuropsychological/cognitive, and classroom/academic functioning of a Swedish-speaking 7-year-old boy (called “Jonas”). On age-referenced word readingdecoding assessment, Jonas scored among the top 7%. Reading comprehension status varied as a function of information source. Jonas's phonological processing and phonological memory performance was found to be normal to strong. In contrast, he scored poorly on tests of oral semantic, syntactical, and narrative language. On the WISC-III, Jonas performed highly uneven across subtests from impaired to above average levels. On the Kaufman factors, Jonas had a peak in perceptual organization (IQ score 119), thus reflecting very strong visual attention skills, which together with normal to strong phonological abilities might underlie his excellent word reading. Finally, both his parents and teacher reported on other classroom-learning skills and difficulties.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2014

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