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dc.contributor.authorAlbrecht, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorStuart, Geoffrey
dc.contributor.authorFalkmer, Marita
dc.contributor.authorOrdqvist, Anna
dc.contributor.authorLeung, Denise
dc.contributor.authorFoster, Jonathan
dc.contributor.authorFalkmer, Torbjorn
dc.identifier.citationAlbrecht, Matthew and Stuart, Geoffrey and Falkmer, Marita and Ordqvist, Anna and Leung, Denise and Foster, Jonathan and Falkmer, Torbjorn. 2014. Brief Report: Visual Acuity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 44 (9): pp. 2369-2374.

Recently, there has been heightened interest in suggestions of enhanced visual acuity in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) which was sparked by evidence that was later accepted to be methodologically flawed. However, a recent study that claimed children with ASD have enhanced visual acuity (Brosnan et al. in J Autism Dev Disord 42:2491–2497, 2012) repeated a critical methodological flaw by using an inappropriate viewing distance fora computerised acuity test, placing the findings in doubt. We examined visual acuity in 31 children with ASD and 33controls using the 2 m 2000 Series Revised Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study chart placed at twice the conventional distance to better evaluate possible enhanced acuity. Children with ASD did not demonstrate superior acuity. The current findings strengthen the argument that reports of enhanced acuity in ASD are due to methodological flaws and challenges the reported association between visual acuity and systemising type behaviours.

dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC
dc.titleBrief Report: Visual Acuity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
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