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Salowitz, Nicole M. G.; Eccarius, Petra; Karst, Jeffrey; Carson, Audrey; Schohl, Kirsten; Stevens, Sheryl; Van Hecke, Amy Vaughan; Scheidt, Robert A. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2013
Thirteen autistic and 14 typically developing children (controls) imitated hand/arm gestures and performed mirror drawing; both tasks assessed ability to reorganize the relationship between spatial goals and the motor commands needed to acquire them. During imitation, children with autism were less accurate than controls in replicating hand shape,…
Descriptors: Autism, Imitation, Cognitive Processes, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Ohta, Masataka – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1987
Analysis of the conceptions of spatial relations, size comparisons, and gesture imitations of 16 autistic children (ages 6-14 years) with IQs over 70 indicated an inability to acquire concepts of size comparison and spatial relationships through verbal instructions, suggesting a cognitive deficit of impaired symbolic-representational functioning.…
Descriptors: Autism, Children, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation