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      Mechanisms of imitation impairment in autism spectrum disorder.

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          Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have difficulties with imitation, though the nature of these remains unclear. In this study, involving 28 preschoolers with ASD (M age = 48 months; 90 % male), 17 matched children with Global Developmental Delay (GDD group; M age = 44 months; 53 % male) and 17 typically developing children (TD group, M age = 52 months; 65 % male), we found that preschoolers with ASD 1) imitate less frequently than both typically developing children and children with GDD; 2) when they do imitate, their imitation is less accurate than that of TD children but similar to that of children with GDD; 3) unlike participants in both comparison groups, preschoolers with ASD use emulation more often than imitation when copying others' actions; 4) they spend less time looking at the model's face and more time looking at her actions; and 5) attentional, social and executive factors underlie different aspects of imitation difficulties in this population. Implications for developmental models of autism are discussed.

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          Journal
          J Abnorm Child Psychol
          Journal of abnormal child psychology
          1573-2835
          0091-0627
          Nov 2014
          : 42
          : 8
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus, Victoria, 3086, Melbourne, Australia, g.vivanti@latrobe.edu.au.
          Article
          10.1007/s10802-014-9874-9
          24736983

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