Children with autism are more imitative with an imitative adult than with their parents

Tiffany Field, Jacqueline Nadel, Miguel Diego, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Kelly Russo, Diane Vchulek, Kim Lendi, Vijaya Siddalingappa

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Abstract

Children with autism (mean age = 6 years) were videotaped first interacting with a parent and then with an unfamiliar researcher who imitated the child's behaviours. The researcher showed more imitative and playful behaviours than the parents. In turn, the children showed more imitative behaviour when playing with the imitative researcher than with their parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-518
Number of pages6
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Volume180
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2010

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Children
  • Imitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology

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