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Joint attention and usage of symbols, in the different types of partners by the SCERTS protocol in the field of social communication (SC), in the Autism Spectrum Disorder - ASD

Grant number: 18/23462-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2019
Effective date (End): December 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal Investigator:Jacy Perissinoto
Grantee:Rebeca Nascimento Iamarino
Host Institution: Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The study of social communication by the SCERTS protocol includes two abilities: joint attention and use of symbols, being respectively, the ability to coordinate your own gaze with the other person to capture and share knowledge, and the use of gestures that allow the child to make requests and shows their interests. Furthermore, it involves different degrees of autism that are classified into partners: social partner (pre-verbal stage), language partner (symbolic language acquisition stage) and communication partner (more advanced stage, with conversation acquisition), being evaluated according to their behaviors related to joint attention or the use of symbols. Objective - Analyze the abilities of joint attention and usage of symbols in the different types of partners (social, language and communication) by the SCERTS protocol in the field of Social Communication (SC), in the Autism Spectrum Disorder - TEA.Method - The project refers to a cross-sectional descriptive study, through an analysis of the data of the Speech-Language Pathology Department of the Federal University of São Paulo - UNIFESP. The sample consisted of 40 individuals diagnosed by a multi-professional team with Autism Spectrum Disorder (DSM-5; APA, 2014), of whom 09 were female and 31 were males and, at the time of evaluation, they were all between 26 and 124 months. The review will be carried out based on the percentage of Joint Attention and Symbols Usage, for each type of partner, considering the following variables: sex, age, ABC result (Authors' Behavior Inventory - ABC / ICA (Krug et al. The Vineland (Adaptive Behavior Scale (SPARROW, BALLA; CICCHETI, 1984)), the evaluation of the Level (WPPSI-R (Wechsler, 2013)) and the scholarly of the person in charge.

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