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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 10/2015

12-05-2015 | Original Paper

Failure in Pantomime Action Execution Correlates with the Severity of Social Behavior Deficits in Children with Autism: A Praxis Study

Auteurs: Valentina Gizzonio, Pietro Avanzini, Cristina Campi, Sonia Orivoli, Benedetta Piccolo, Gaetano Cantalupo, Carlo Alberto Tassinari, Giacomo Rizzolatti, Maddalena Fabbri-Destro

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 10/2015

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Abstract

Here we describe the performance of children with autism, their siblings, and typically developing children using the Florida Apraxia Battery. Children with autism showed the lowest performance in all sections of the test. They were mostly impaired in pantomime actions execution on imitation and on verbal command, and in imitation of meaningless gestures. Interestingly, a correlation was found between performance in pantomime actions and the severity of social behavior deficits. We conclude that the presence of a rigid internal model prevents the execution of an exact copy of the observed pantomime actions and that the deficit in imitation of meaningless gestures is most likely due to a deficit in the mechanisms responsible for visuomotor transformations.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Failure in Pantomime Action Execution Correlates with the Severity of Social Behavior Deficits in Children with Autism: A Praxis Study
Auteurs
Valentina Gizzonio
Pietro Avanzini
Cristina Campi
Sonia Orivoli
Benedetta Piccolo
Gaetano Cantalupo
Carlo Alberto Tassinari
Giacomo Rizzolatti
Maddalena Fabbri-Destro
Publicatiedatum
12-05-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 10/2015
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-015-2461-2