Study Shows Autistic Children can Benefit from Imitation

According to research, allowing children who have autism to imitate others can greatly improve a wide range of social skills.

Post by SEN Team | january 31th, 2013
This study is being supported by the research that was created by the Michigan State University scholars.

According to Brooke Ingersoll, an MSU assistance professor of psychology, they believe that they now have a better understanding of what autism is in infants and toddlers compared with what they know a few years ago.

In the study that they have released, they stated that toddlers and preschoolers who have autism have a better chance at succeeding in learning when they imitate the skills of other normal children.

The children are taught to pay attention to objects, gestures and eye contact in order to cover up for the deficiencies that they have due to autism.

Imitation is one basic factor in the developing of the skills of infants and young children and this can be used by children with autism as well.  This research was also supported in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders as they have analyzed children from 27 months to 47 months old who have autism.

They stated that even though children are typically diagnosed from age 2 and 3, according to the new studies the presence of autism in infants 12 months old can already be detected.

Autism can be corrected if detected early. Using this study, doctors are now easier to detect if the child is exhibiting the right behavior even though they are only 12 months old. Using this early intervention, they can prevent the development of autism as they grow older. Children would be able to receive early treatment especially with their social communication skills.

Children with autism will normally have a hard time interacting and relating with others, causing them to have a much harder time at grasping information. In order to avoid suffering from the consequences of autism, intensive therapy can be done right away.

Children who receive therapy at an early age would have better chances at school and in various social settings because they will be able to learn the right speech. Occupational therapy is needed in order for these children to be able to cope with their symptoms. The earlier the treatment the better the advancements and chances in the social communication skills of the child will be able to experience.

Children at the age of 5 who are nonverbal can gain significant help with the use of intensity of speech therapy. By targeting the problems specific skills can be improved over t time.


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Victoria
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february 21th, 2013
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I am a student studying to be a special education teacher. I am currently researching on news topics dealing with special education for a current event paper. I stumbled upon this website, but disappointed, the first thing I see is the title, Study Shows Autistic Children can Benefit from Imitation. As future educators, we are taught to use person first language. For example,instead of that title it could be changed to, Study Shows Children with Autism can Benefit from Imitation. But by putting the disability in front of these children says that their disability defines who they are, when it doesnt. I would just like this comment to be used as something to learn from, and maybe take into consideration for future posts and to revise this article better. I understand that we are all not perfect and sometimes its hard to stay up with political correctness, and that this was not the intent to degrade people with disabilities. I just hope maybe someone could learn from this. The intent of this comment was just from the bottom of my heart in hope to help educate more people on person first language. Thank you. -Victoria

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Victoria
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february 21th, 2013
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In regards to my previous letter, I did not get to read the rest of this article. If I did, I would notice that person first language was used throughout the article. But the first thing that I saw was the title, which led me to send that comment. My apologies.



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