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Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

Learning by Imitation for Individuals with Autism

Brooke Ingersoll does some great research. The article below is about her research on imitation skills in individuals with autism. If you get a chance, read some of her other research:

Teaching Reciprocal Imitation

The Collateral Effects of Joint Attention

The Effect of a Parent-Implemented Imitation Intervention

Teaching the Imitation and Spontaneous Use of Descriptive Gestures

By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on December 13, 2011
Article originally posted on PsychCentral

Learning by imitation appears to be a successful method to improve social skills in autistic youth.

Michigan State University researchers say the findings come at an important time in autism research as investigators have learned to detect behaviors and symptoms of autism early in the course of care.

In the past several years, researchers have begun to detect behaviors and symptoms of autism that could make earlier diagnosis and even intervention like this possible, said Dr. Brooke Ingersoll, MSU assistant professor of psychology.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Ingersoll. “I think we, as a field, are getting a much better idea of what autism looks like in infants and toddlers than we did even five years ago.”

In the current study, Ingersoll found that toddlers and preschoolers with autism who were taught imitation skills made more attempts to draw the examiner’s attention to an object through gestures and eye contact, a key area of deficit in autism.

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