Expressive drawing ability, emotion recognition and ToM in children with ASD and FXS

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Individuals with Fragile X syndrome (FXS) display a range of social difficulties including social anxiety and similarities to ASD in their social - cognitive processing. However self - concept and emotional depiction is yet to be compared between children with FXS and ASD and it is unclear whether these factors are linked to ToM. The current study uses children's drawings to examine self – concept, emotional depiction and ToM in children with FXS and ASD.
A FXS group (n = 20), a comorbid ASD and FXS group (AFXS) (n=18), a high functioning ASD group (HFA; n =20), a low functioning ASD group (LFA; n = 20) and 40 typically developing children (TD) took part in the study. A pass/fail ToM task and the social communication questionnaire (SCQ) was compared to children’s drawings of themselves and of emotional expression. ToM and social communicative ability scores were used to predict performance of self-representation drawings and drawings of emotional states.
The SCQ and ToM tasks were predictive of performance in the self-representation drawing task for the ASD groups but not FXS groups. In drawing emotion expression, the FXS and AFXS groups' performance was comparable to their MA group only when drawing happy scenes and performance could not be predicted by either ToM or SCQ scores, although the AFXS group showed fewer sad social scenes. The study provides insight into representational drawing development of children with ASD and FXS, highlighting differences between social cognition and self-representation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2017
EventFragile X Society Research Workshop - St. Catherine's College, Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Mar 2017 → …


ConferenceFragile X Society Research Workshop
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period14/03/17 → …
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