Conversation Analysis with Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and Limited Verbal Ability

  • Paul Dickerson
  • Ben Robins
Part of the The Language of Mental Health book series (TLMH)


In this chapter, Dickerson and Robins outline the way in which examining body movement, gaze, and gesture and their sequential placement can facilitate a better understanding of interactions where a child with an ASD has limited productive language ability. Specifically, the chapter demonstrates the way in which drawing on the principles of conversation analysis in the careful analysis of video recordings can reveal intricacies and competencies that might otherwise be easily missed. The chapter starts by outlining the practical and ethical considerations that should inform data collection and then illustrates the sorts of discoveries that can emerge when careful attention is paid, not simply to spoken communication in isolation but to embodied communication in context.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Dickerson
    • 1
  • Ben Robins
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUK
  2. 2.School of Computer ScienceUniversity of HertfordshireHatfieldUK

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