Motor imitation abilities and neurological signs in autistic children

  • Vicki Jones
  • Margot Prior
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Abstract

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.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1985

Authors and Affiliations

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

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