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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 105–121 | Cite as

Generativity in the play of young people with autism

  • Vicky Lewis
  • Jill Boucher
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Abstract

Examines the ability of young people with autism to generate ideas for play. Young people with autism, children with learning difficulties, and younger normal children were asked to generate 12 different actions and follow 12 instructions with a car and a doll. The young people with autism were impaired, relative to the controls, at generating original actions with the car, but were as able as the controls to follow the instructions. However, the young people with autism were not impaired at generating original actions with the doll. All three groups produced similar amounts of symbolic play. Possible explanations for the difference in results for the two toys are discussed.

Keywords

Young People School Psychology Similar Amount Normal Child Original Action 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vicky Lewis
    • 1
  • Jill Boucher
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryEngland
  2. 2.Department of Speech ScienceUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldEngland

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