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ERIC Number: EJ947671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1750-9467
Cognitive Deficits and Symbolic Play in Preschoolers with Autism
Lam, Yan Grace; Yeung, Siu-sze Susanna
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v6 n1 p560-564 Jan-Mar 2012
This study investigated symbolic play in 12 children with autism and 12 children with typical development and compared theories that consider either theory of mind, executive function or central coherence to be causally involved in the development of symbolic play in autism. Children with autism demonstrated significantly less symbolic play than their typically developing peers and had significant deficits in theory of mind and central coherence measures but not executive function measures. A tentative conclusion is that symbolic play deficits in autism are more associated with theory of mind and weak central coherence. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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