Certain aspects of visual perception in some "autistic" children

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1972

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University of Cape Town

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Identification strategies and patterns of visual inspection in relation to non-perceptual variables, rapport and discrimination set, were studied in 3 "autistic" Ss, using experimental materials relevant to various forms of visual perception. A qualitative, single case approach was followed, using as controls, individually matched Ss representing various points on a developmental continuum. Marked differences were found between 2 "autistic" Ss as compared with the third "autistic" S and the majority of control Ss in all variables, although 2 young normal Ss exhibited features similar to the 2 "autistic" Ss. It therefore appeared that in some "autistic" Ss, there was disturbance at selective and identifying levels of perception associated with deficiencies in non-perceptual factors. The disturbance appeared developmental rather than deviant in nature.
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