Handedness in autistic children: The Edinburgh Handedness Inventory

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Κατεύθυνση Εφαρμοσμένη Ψυχολογία στην Εκπαίδευση
Βιβλιοθήκη Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης
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Tsirli Maria
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Γαλανάκη Ευαγγελία, Καθηγήτρια Π.Τ.Δ.Ε. Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών.
Σιδερίδης Γεώργιος, Αναπληρωτής καθηγητής Π.Τ.Δ.Ε. Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών.
Φωτεινή Αντωνίου, Επίκουρη καθηγήτρια Φ.Π.Ψ. Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών.
Original Title:
Κυριοχειρία σε παιδιά με αυτισμό: Μελέτη με τη χρήση του Ερωτηματολογίου του Εδιμβούργου
Translated title:
Handedness in autistic children: The Edinburgh Handedness Inventory
A remarkable number of research efforts have focused on the handedness of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There are few studies focused on children’s with ASD degree of handedness, most of them using either an age-matched or an IQ-matched control group. Furthermore, it has been argued that differences in the degree of handedness between children with autism and typically developing children are associated with the poor language skills of the latter. The investigation of the direction and degree of handedness in children with ASD and the association of the degree of handedness with language skills were the main purpose of the specific study. Two control groups were employed, an age-matched group and an IQ-matched group. Handedness and linguistic skills were evaluated using the Edinburg Handedness Inventory (EHI) and the Psychometric Criterion Language Proficiency Scale “LaTo”, respectively. The results indicated statistically significant differences in the direction and the degree of handedness between experimental and control groups and a slight positive correlation between degree of handedness and linguistic capacity. In conclusion, the results reinforce the view of different patterns o handedness in ASD and highlight a relationship between degree of handedness and language skills.
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Special education
degree of handedness, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Edinburg Handedness Inventory, language skills
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