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Pretend play, deferred imitation and parent-child interaction in speaking and non-speaking children with autism
Psykologiska institutionen, Göteborgs universitet.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Utvecklingspsykologi och IHV)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5025-9975
Psykologiska institutionen, Göteborgs universitet.
2013 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 54, no 1, 26-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study investigates spontaneous pretend play during a parent-child free play observation, and deferred imitation observed in an experimental setting in speaking and non-speaking children with autism in comparison to children with typical development. Both groups of children with autism showed a reduced level of deferred imitation compared to the typically developing group, but only the non-speaking children with autism spent significantly less time in pretend play compared to children with typical development. Deferred imitation was related to parents’ verbal interaction in both groups. An analysis of the parent-child interaction revealed that parents of children with autism used less synchronized comments compared to parents of typically developing children. Parents of the speaking group with autism used more synchronized than unsynchronized comments, while parents of the non-speaking group used the same amount of synchronized and unsynchronized comments. These findings are discussed in terms of how the developmental level affects behaviour and interaction in autism.

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2013. Vol. 54, no 1, 26-32 p.
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Autism; pretend play; deferred imitation; parent interaction; recall memory; language level.
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology) Psychiatry
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80617DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12003ISI: 000313724600006OAI: diva2:547399
Children with autism and joint attention - a prerequisite for early social and communicative development
FAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, 2001-1113
Available from: 2012-08-27 Created: 2012-08-27 Last updated: 2013-09-12

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