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Construction of the reference during moments of spontaneous play of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Grant number: 20/06893-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2020
Effective date (End): September 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Fernanda Miranda da Cruz
Grantee:Vitória Sellito de Melo
Host Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil


The proposal of this project is to analyze, from an interactionist perspective (MONDADA, 2016; CAVALCANTE, 2012; MORATO, 2013; COSTA FILHO, 2013; CRUZ, 2017), how do joint attention practices and reference construction of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) occur during their interactions in the school environment with other non-autistic children. Joint attention, our point of interest,is essential for the development of mutual social interactions and the constitution of symbolic function in language (BOSA, 2002). Methodologically, our proposal is to make video recordings during the playtime among children with ASD and non-autistic children of the Municipal School of Basic Education Márcio Gomes, Municipality of Poá-SP, for two months. Will participate in this study children attending four classes of the respective school, containing a total of four children with ASD and 96 neurotypic children, at pre-Iand pre-II levels. After observing and video recording these moments of interaction, a qualitative research methodology will be applied for linguistic-interactional studies: a transcription of the videos will be made according to the transcription convention of Mondada (2016), in ANNEX to the project, with support of the ELAN software (WITTENBURG et al, 2006). The prior school's authorization for permanence and monitoring of the activities was requested and obtained, and the authorization for the children's participation will be made by the signature of the Free and Informed Consent Term addressed to their guardians. This research aims to collaborate with the description of the construction of reference and joint attention in Autism Spectrum Disorder from data of naturalistic and spontaneous situations.

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