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Exploring the relationship between gestural recognition and imitation: evidence of dyspraxia in autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord 2011 Jan;41(1):1-12 PMID: 20407815

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In this study, the relationship between gesture recognition and imitation was explored. Nineteen individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were compared to a control group of 23 typically developing children on their ability to imitate and recognize three gesture types (transitive, intransitive, and pantomimes). The ASD group performed more poorly than controls on all tasks of recognition and imitation. Higher performance on tests of working memory was associated with increased odds of successful imitation in both groups. Group differences remained even when working memory was statistically controlled for. An association was revealed in the ASD group between pantomime recognition and imitation but a similar association was not identified for intransitive gestures suggesting that recognition alone is not sufficient for imitation success.

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Stieglitz Ham H, Bartolo A, Corley M, Rajendran G, Szabo A, Swanson S


Sara J. Swanson PhD Chief, Professor in the Neurology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Aniko Szabo PhD Associate Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Imitative Behavior
Memory, Short-Term
Neuropsychological Tests
Recognition (Psychology)
Statistics, Nonparametric
Surveys and Questionnaires
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