NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ878578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1750-9467
Mirroring Effect in 2- and 3-Year-Olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Katagiri, Masatoshi; Inada, Naoko; Kamio, Yoko
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v4 n3 p474-478 Jul-Sep 2010
Previous studies have suggested that being imitated by an adult is an effective intervention with children with autism and developmental delay. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether "mirroring" interaction, which includes being imitated by an adult, can facilitate the social responsiveness of toddlers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Participants were 16 toddlers (2- and 3-year-olds) with ASD. This study consisted of three experimental phases: in the first baseline phase, the experimenter manipulated toys in front of the participant; in the second phase, the experimenter reproduced (mirrored) all of the child's behaviors; and in the third phase, the first baseline phase was repeated. Our results demonstrated that although the mirroring effect differed by age, the effect was observed in both 2- and 3-year-olds with ASD. In addition, the overall magnitude of the mirroring effect differed by IQ, but not by the severity of autistic symptoms. Mirroring interaction is promising as an early intervention for a wide range of children with ASD. (Contains 1 figure.)
Elsevier. 6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32887-4800. Tel: 877-839-7126; Tel: 407-345-4020; Fax: 407-363-1354; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A