Hopping Frog

Video Summary

In this clip, an examiner prompts two children, one typically developing (Cassidy) and one on the spectrum (Tommy), to use imitation and imaginative play. Dr. Christopher Smith compares the different levels of imaginative play demonstrated by Cassidy to Tommy's limited response and engagement in the task.

"So this lack of ability to incorporate pretend into play activities would be a sign of autism. "
— Christopher Smith, PhD


    • Play
    • appropriate play
    • imaginative play
    • imitative social play/taking turns
    • lack of imitative social play
    • lack of pretend play
    • Social Interaction
    • engagement

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