Comparative strengths and challenges on face-to-face and computer-based attention tasks in autistic and neurotypical toddlers.

Publication date: Jul 13, 2023

The objectives were to compare patterns of visual attention in toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as compared to their sex- and age-matched neurotypical (NT) peers. Participants included 23 toddlers with ASD and 19 NT toddlers (mean age: 25. 52 versus 25. 21 months, respectively) assessed using computerized tasks to measure sustained attention, disengaging attention, and cognitive control, as well as an in-person task to assess joint attention. Toddlers in the ASD group showed increased looking durations on the sustained attention task, as well as reduced frequencies of responding to and initiating joint attention compared to NT peers, but showed no differences on tasks of disengaging attention and cognitive control. The results suggest that toddlers with ASD have attentional strengths that may provide a foundation for building attention, communicative, and ultimately, academic skills.

Concepts Keywords
21months attention
Academic autistic disorder
Autism child
Sex computers
Toddlers joint attention


Type Source Name
disease MESH autism spectrum disorder
disease MESH autistic disorder

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