Exploring the relationship between gestural recognition and imitation

evidence of dyspraxia in autism spectrum disorders

Heidi Stieglitz Ham, Angela Bartolo, Martin Corley, G. Rajendran, Aniko Szabo, Sara Swanson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

43 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

In this study, the relationship between gesture recognition and imitation was explored. Nineteen individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were compared to a control group of 23 typically developing children on their ability to imitate and recognize three gesture types (transitive, intransitive, and pantomimes). The ASD group performed more poorly than controls on all tasks of recognition and imitation. Higher performance on tests of working memory was associated with increased odds of successful imitation in both groups. Group differences remained even when working memory was statistically controlled for. An association was revealed in the ASD group between pantomime recognition and imitation but a similar association was not identified for intransitive gestures suggesting that recognition alone is not sufficient for imitation success.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

Fingerprint

Apraxias
Gestures
Short-Term Memory
Aptitude
Control Groups
Recognition (Psychology)
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Keywords

  • autism spectrum disorders
  • dyspraxia
  • gestural recognition
  • imitation

Cite this

Stieglitz Ham, Heidi ; Bartolo, Angela ; Corley, Martin ; Rajendran, G. ; Szabo, Aniko ; Swanson, Sara. / Exploring the relationship between gestural recognition and imitation : evidence of dyspraxia in autism spectrum disorders. In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2010 ; Vol. 41, No. 1. pp. 1-12.
@article{e4719e3bc85a4d989036d9437fc5ad10,
title = "Exploring the relationship between gestural recognition and imitation: evidence of dyspraxia in autism spectrum disorders",
abstract = "In this study, the relationship between gesture recognition and imitation was explored. Nineteen individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were compared to a control group of 23 typically developing children on their ability to imitate and recognize three gesture types (transitive, intransitive, and pantomimes). The ASD group performed more poorly than controls on all tasks of recognition and imitation. Higher performance on tests of working memory was associated with increased odds of successful imitation in both groups. Group differences remained even when working memory was statistically controlled for. An association was revealed in the ASD group between pantomime recognition and imitation but a similar association was not identified for intransitive gestures suggesting that recognition alone is not sufficient for imitation success.",
keywords = "autism spectrum disorders, dyspraxia, gestural recognition, imitation",
author = "{Stieglitz Ham}, Heidi and Angela Bartolo and Martin Corley and G. Rajendran and Aniko Szabo and Sara Swanson",
year = "2010",
month = "1",
doi = "10.1007/s10803-010-1011-1",
language = "English",
volume = "41",
pages = "1--12",
journal = "Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders",
issn = "0162-3257",
number = "1",

}

Exploring the relationship between gestural recognition and imitation : evidence of dyspraxia in autism spectrum disorders. / Stieglitz Ham, Heidi; Bartolo, Angela; Corley, Martin; Rajendran, G.; Szabo, Aniko; Swanson, Sara.

In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 41, No. 1, 01.2010, p. 1-12.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Exploring the relationship between gestural recognition and imitation

T2 - evidence of dyspraxia in autism spectrum disorders

AU - Stieglitz Ham, Heidi

AU - Bartolo, Angela

AU - Corley, Martin

AU - Rajendran, G.

AU - Szabo, Aniko

AU - Swanson, Sara

PY - 2010/1

Y1 - 2010/1

N2 - In this study, the relationship between gesture recognition and imitation was explored. Nineteen individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were compared to a control group of 23 typically developing children on their ability to imitate and recognize three gesture types (transitive, intransitive, and pantomimes). The ASD group performed more poorly than controls on all tasks of recognition and imitation. Higher performance on tests of working memory was associated with increased odds of successful imitation in both groups. Group differences remained even when working memory was statistically controlled for. An association was revealed in the ASD group between pantomime recognition and imitation but a similar association was not identified for intransitive gestures suggesting that recognition alone is not sufficient for imitation success.

AB - In this study, the relationship between gesture recognition and imitation was explored. Nineteen individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were compared to a control group of 23 typically developing children on their ability to imitate and recognize three gesture types (transitive, intransitive, and pantomimes). The ASD group performed more poorly than controls on all tasks of recognition and imitation. Higher performance on tests of working memory was associated with increased odds of successful imitation in both groups. Group differences remained even when working memory was statistically controlled for. An association was revealed in the ASD group between pantomime recognition and imitation but a similar association was not identified for intransitive gestures suggesting that recognition alone is not sufficient for imitation success.

KW - autism spectrum disorders

KW - dyspraxia

KW - gestural recognition

KW - imitation

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=78751674133&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s10803-010-1011-1

DO - 10.1007/s10803-010-1011-1

M3 - Article

VL - 41

SP - 1

EP - 12

JO - Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

JF - Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

SN - 0162-3257

IS - 1

ER -