The relation between social engagement and pretend play in autism

Hobson, Jessica A, Hobson, R Peter, Malik, Supriya, Bargiota, Kyratso and Calo, Susana (2013) The relation between social engagement and pretend play in autism. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 31(1), pp. 114-127. ISSN (print) 0261-510X

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The focus of this study is the nature and concomitants of pretend play among young children with autism. Age- and language-matched children with autism (n= 27), autism spectrum disorder (n= 14), and developmental disorders without autism (n= 16) were administered the Test of Pretend Play (ToPP; Lewis & Boucher, 1997), with an additional rating of 'playful pretence'. As predicted, children with autism showed less playful pretend than participants with developmental disorders who did not have autism. Across the groups, playful pretence was correlated with individual differences in communication and social interaction, even when scores on the ToPP were taken into account. Limitations in creative, playful pretend among children with autism relate to their restricted interpersonal communication and engagement.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology (from November 2012)
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Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2013 09:55
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2013 14:27

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