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ERIC Number: EJ891269
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Play and Developmental Outcomes in Infant Siblings of Children with Autism
Christensen, Lisa; Hutman, Ted; Rozga, Agata; Young, Gregory S.; Ozonoff, Sally; Rogers, Sally J.; Baker, Bruce; Sigman, Marian
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n8 p946-957 Aug 2010
We observed infant siblings of children with autism later diagnosed with ASD (ASD siblings; n = 17), infant siblings of children with autism with and without other delays (Other Delays and No Delays siblings; n = 12 and n = 19, respectively) and typically developing controls (TD controls; n = 19) during a free-play task at 18 months of age. Functional, symbolic, and repeated play actions were coded. ASD siblings showed fewer functional and more non-functional repeated play behaviors than TD controls. Other Delays and No Delays siblings showed more non-functional repeated play than TD controls. Group differences disappeared with the inclusion of verbal mental age. Play as an early indicator of autism and its relationship to the broader autism phenotype is discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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