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ERIC Number: EJ1019245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1088-3576
Deferred Imitation and Social Communication in Speaking and Nonspeaking Children with Autism
Strid, Karin; Heimann, Mikael; Gillberg, Christopher; Smith, Lars; Tjus, Tomas
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v28 n4 p230-240 Dec 2013
Deferred imitation and early social communication skills were compared among speaking and nonspeaking children with autism and children developing typically. Overall, the children with autism showed a lower frequency on measures of deferred imitation and social communication compared with typically developing children. Deferred imitation was observed at a significantly lower level among the speaking and nonspeaking groups of children with autism. However, when comparing the speaking autism group with the typical group, many differences in observed social communication disappeared. These results underscore the importance of considering children's verbal ability in autism research and clinical practice, and indicate that there are specific difficulties in deferred imitation in autism but that the social communication deficits that are observed are greatly influenced by low level of verbal ability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory; McCarthy Scales of Childrens Abilities; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Raven Progressive Matrices; Childhood Autism Rating Scale; Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence
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