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Title: Imitation assessment and its utility to the diagnosis of autism: Evidence from consecutively clinical preschool referrals for suspected autism
Authors: Vanvuchelen, Marleen
Roeyers, Herbert
De Weerdt, Willy
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 41 (4), p. 484-496
Abstract: The present study sought to examine imitation difficulties as a risk factor for autism. Imitation aptitude was examined in 86 preschoolers suspected of autism (1.9–4.5 years) using the Preschool Imitation and Praxis Scale (PIPS). Differences between imitation, language, motor age-equivalents and nonverbal mental age were used to predict the diagnosis of autism. Multidisciplinary team diagnoses and ADOS-G classifications were used to differentiate children with autism spectrum disorders and nonspectrum developmental disorders. Two factors were found to be significantly associated with autism using simple logistic regression analyses: procedural imitation delay and receptive language delay. In a multivariable setting, only procedural imitation delay remained a significant predictor of autism. Results are new to the literature and require replications.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/13244
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-010-1074-z
ISSN: 0162-3257
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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