Motor imitation abilities and neurological signs in autistic children
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- Jones, V. & Prior, M. J Autism Dev Disord (1985) 15: 37. doi:10.1007/BF01837897
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Autistic children were compared with chronological and mental agematched normal children on two tests of motor imitation and on the Herzig Battery for Non-Focal Neurological Signs. The results indicated that autistic children have significant handicaps in the neurodevelopmental area, with very poor performance on motor imitation tasks and a universal and significant excess of soft signs of neurological dysfunction. Such “dyspraxias” may underlie the failure of these chlidren to learn to use gesture.