Imitation of pretend play acts by children with autism and Down syndrome

Libby, S. and Powell, S. and Messer, D. and Jordan, R. (1997) Imitation of pretend play acts by children with autism and Down syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 27 (4). pp. 365-383. ISSN 0162-3257. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Although there has recently been considerable research interest in the difficulties that children with autism have engaging in pretend play, little attention has been paid to the ability of these children to imitate pretend play acts. Furthermore, suggestions that children with Down syndrome have relatively advanced abilities in pretend play have not been accompanied by an examination of their capacity to imitate pretend play. Three groups of children: autistic. Down syndrome, and normally developing were studied for their capacity to imitate single pretend acts and a series of pretend acts that formed scripts, While the children with autism were surprisingly better than the other two groups on the single-scheme task, they demonstrated specific difficulties on the multischeme task. Results are discussed in relation to current theories of autism and the notion of imitation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: M.A. Ziai
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2009 13:41
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2009 13:41
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/18160 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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