Imitating the Child with Autism: A Strategy for Early Intervention?Jane Lidstone1*, Mirko Uljarevic1, Hilary Kanaris1, Julie Mullis2, Laura Fasoli1 and Susan Leekam1
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- Dr. Jane Lidstone
Department of Psychology, Durham University
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Received date: December 23, 2013; Accepted date: January 27, 2014; Published date: February 03, 2014
Citation: Lidstone J, Uljarevic M, Kanaris H, Mullis J, Fasoli L, et al. (2014) Imitating the Child with Autism: A Strategy for Early Intervention? Autism 4:124. doi:10.4172/2165-7890.1000124
Copyright: © 2014 Lidstone J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Research indicates that imitation is a promising strategy for early intervention with children who have autism. Using a single case design we studied the effectiveness of an established imitation-based intervention, Intensive Interaction, for two 3-year-olds with autism. Outcome measures were the propensity to give social attention during imitation sessions and during free play with a researcher. Social attention did not increase over the course of the intervention phase for either child or during free play with the researcher. Thus, there was no evidence of intervention effectiveness.