Current address: Laboratory of Developmental Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health, Washington DC, U.S.A.
SOCIAL INTERACTIONS OF AUTISTIC, MENTALLY RETARDED AND NORMAL CHILDREN AND THEIR CAREGIVERS
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume 27, Issue 5, pages 647–656, September 1986
How to Cite
Sigman, M., Mundy, P., Sherman, T. and Ungerer, J. (1986), SOCIAL INTERACTIONS OF AUTISTIC, MENTALLY RETARDED AND NORMAL CHILDREN AND THEIR CAREGIVERS. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 27: 647–656. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1986.tb00189.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Accepted manuscipt received 11 February 1986
- social interaction;
- social responsiveness;
- caregiver-child interaction
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.