Lack of Spontaneous Imitation

Video Summary

Dr. Smith explains that a lack of spontaneous imitation can be a key early indicator of autism spectrum risk, though it is sometimes very difficult for parents to identify as a symptom. Given this difficulty, spontaneous imitation is an important area of inquiry for pediatricians when interviewing parents regarding their child's development.

" may be very difficult for even the parent to identify that the child is not spontaneously imitating them...they may feel that there is a certain disconnect with the child, but they really don't know why..."
— Christopher Smith, PhD


    • Autism-General Information
    • pediatrician's role
    • Social Interaction
    • lack of engagement
    • Social Interaction
    • lack of spontaneous imitation
    • lack of relatedness

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