Some Response to Toy Plane, No Response to Name

Video Summary

Often children imitate the actions of others to learn a new skill or participate in an interaction. Spontaneous imitation is thus socially motivated, and not simply a means of getting something or following a command. Children at risk for an autism spectrum disorder may have a deficit in this behavior. Connor, the evaluator, tries to get Evan to imitate her actions of flying a plane through the air without success. Rather than engaging with the evaluator, Evan isolates himself, moving away from both the examiner and his mother.


    • Nonverbal Behaviors Used in Social Interaction
    • facial expressions
    • lack of eye contact
    • Play
    • lack of imitative social play
    • Social Interaction
    • lack of spontaneous imitation
    • Lack of reciprocal social interaction
    • Verbal Communicative Skills
    • lack of response to name

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