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ERIC Number: EJ885315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
An Examination of the State of Imitation Research in Children with Autism: Issues of Definition and Methodology
Sevlever, Melina; Gillis, Jennifer M.
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v31 n5 p976-984 Sep-Oct 2010
Several authors have suggested that children with autism are impaired in their ability to imitate others. However, diverse methodologies, contradictory findings, and varying theoretical explanations continue to exist in the literature despite decades of research. A comprehensive account of imitation in children with autism is hampered by the lack of a consistent and operational definition of imitation and other more simplistic forms of copying behavior. Failure to adopt specific definitions of imitative behavior and tasks capable of distinguishing between various types of copying behavior may be at the root of contradictions across studies of imitation and the lack of a unified theoretical account of the "imitation deficit" in autism. The current state of imitation research in children with autism is discussed, and specific recommendations are suggested regarding the adoption of a comparative taxonomy of imitation, a standardized methodology across researchers, and a standardized imitation battery for children with autism. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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