SOCIAL INTERACTIONS OF AUTISTIC, MENTALLY RETARDED AND NORMAL CHILDREN AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

Marian Sigman*, Tracy Sherman, Judy Ungerer

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    Abstract

    Abstract The social interactions of young autistic children and their caregivers were contrasted to interactions involving normal and mentally retarded controls. The autistic children displayed a much lower frequency of attention sharing behaviors, such as pointing to or showing objects. Alternatively, the autistic children directed as much looking, vocalizing and proximity behaviors toward their caregivers as did the other groups. Thus, although the autistic children did not show a clear lack of responsiveness to their caregivers, they did display a significant deficit in indicating behaviors during child‐caregiver interaction.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)647-656
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
    Volume27
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1986

    Keywords

    • Autism
    • caregiver‐child interaction
    • social interaction
    • social responsiveness

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