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ERIC Number: EJ775849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Imitation of Intentional and Accidental Actions by Children with Autism
D'Entremont, Barbara; Yazbek, Aimee
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v37 n9 p1665-1678 Oct 2007
To determine whether children with autism (CWA) would selectively imitate intentional, as opposed to accidental actions, an experimenter demonstrated either an "intentional" and an "accidental" action or two "intentional" actions on the same toy [Carpenter, Akhtar, & Tomasello ("1998a") "Infant Behavior and Development, 21," 315-330]. CWA tended to imitate the experimenter exactly. Children with developmental delay and older typically developing children (TD) reproduced only the intentional action as often as they imitated the experimenter exactly. Younger TD mostly produced only the intentional action. It is concluded that, contrary to comparison groups, the CWA did not show an appreciation of the model's intentions. Results are discussed in terms of theories of social cognition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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