LINGUIST List 21.3162

Wed Aug 04 2010

Confs: Cognitive Sci, Psycholing, Pragmatics/ France

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        1.    Edy Veneziano, Communicative and Symbolic Behaviors in Children with Autism

Message 1: Communicative and Symbolic Behaviors in Children with Autism
Date: 04-Aug-2010
From: Edy Veneziano <>
Subject: Communicative and Symbolic Behaviors in Children with Autism
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Communicative and Symbolic Behaviors in Children with Autism Short Title: Autism ComSym 2011

Date: 04-Feb-2011 - 05-Feb-2011 Location: Paris, France Contact: Edy Veneziano Contact Email: Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

Children with autism are often characterized by their deficits. Thus, their poor communication, their lack of pretend play and/or imitation, their scarce understanding of others' mental states, are considered as characteristic features of their pathology. Although, this remains generally true, facts are far from being so neat and clear-cut. Scientific observation of family videos and studies of children in supporting interactional contexts have shown that many children with autism do present some capacities in the above domains. And therapists working with them observe these capacities in their everyday practices.

The aim of this conference is to provide a more precise understanding of the specificities of communicative and symbolic behaviors of children with autism, as well as to characterize under which conditions and how they occur, allowing to delineate their particular developmental profiles in comparison with that of typically-developing children. Within this perspective, analyses that take into account the dynamics of interaction between partners will be emphasized. From a methodological standpoint, this conference will present a diversity of approaches (case studies, experimental studies, observation in controlled, semi-controlled or natural situations). Such diversity as well as the sharing of knowledge and experience between therapists and researchers, are expected to stimulate innovative research and intervention practices in the field.

The conference will focus on the following topics:

1. The bases of communication: Emotion and sensorimotor behaviors 2. Indicators of implicit Theory of Mind 3. Symbolic abilities 4. Language and communication

Detailed program in progress:

Programmed Speakers:

Melissa Allen (Lancaster University, UK) Tony Charman (University of London, UK) Dorota Chadzynski (Centre d'Education, Paris) Laurent Danon Boileau (Université Paris Descartes - CNRS) Bruno Gepner (CH Montperrin, Aix-en-Provence, chercheur associé CNRS, Aix Marseille) Peter Hobson (University College London, UK) Jessica Hobson (University College London, UK) Chris Jarrold (Bristol University, UK) Mary-Annick Morel (Université Paris 3) Peter C. Mundy (UC Davis M.I.N.D Institute, USA) Tom Muskett (University of Sheffield, UK) Jacqueline Nadel (Centre Emotion-CNRS - Paris) Marie-Hélène Plumet (Université Paris Descartes - INSERM) Patricia Prelock (University of Vermont, USA) Vasudevi Reddy (University of Portsmouth, UK) Helen Tager-Flusberg (Boston University, USA) Bernard Touati (Centre Alfred Binet, Paris) Edy Veneziano (Université Paris Descartes - CNRS)

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