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Imitation, Theory of Mind and Related Activities in Autism: An Observational Study of Spontaneous Behaviour in Everyday Contexts

Beadle-Brown, Julie, Whiten, Andrew (2000) Imitation, Theory of Mind and Related Activities in Autism: An Observational Study of Spontaneous Behaviour in Everyday Contexts. Autism, 4 (2). pp. 185-204. ISSN 1461-7005. (doi:10.1177/1362361300004002006) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:52169)

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Abstract

Systematic naturalist observations of imitation, theory of mind and other related activities (play and social contact) were conducted for five groups of subjects. The groups comprised children with autism, adults with autism, children with mixed learning disabilities, and normally developing 3- to 4-year-olds and 5- to 6-year-olds. Very little imitation was observed in any group other than the 3- to 4-year- old normal children, making it difficult to draw any conclusion about the specificity and universality of a deficit in spontaneous imitation. However, autistic subjects showed less interaction with peers, more manipulative activity, less symbolic play and less evidence of understanding mental states. The quality of these behaviours, when they did occur, also differed between groups. Comparisons across school and play situations indicated no major situational differences. The implications of the results are discussed with regard to Rogers and Pennington’s intersubjectivity theory of autism.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1362361300004002006
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Julie Beadle-Brown
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2015 00:08 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:30 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/52169 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Beadle-Brown, Julie: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2306-8801
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