Motor imitation abilities and neurological signs in autistic children

  • Vicki Jones
  • Margot Prior


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.


Poor Performance Normal Child Autistic Child Neurological Sign Neurological Dysfunction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vicki Jones
    • 1
  • Margot Prior
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLa Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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