Current address: Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia.
DEFINING THE SOCIAL DEFICITS OF AUTISM: THE CONTRIBUTION OF NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION MEASURES
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume 27, Issue 5, pages 657–669, September 1986
How to Cite
Mundy, P., Sigman, M., Ungerer, J. and Sherman, T. (1986), DEFINING THE SOCIAL DEFICITS OF AUTISM: THE CONTRIBUTION OF NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION MEASURES. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 27: 657–669. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1986.tb00190.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Accepted manuscript received 11 February 1986
- social deficits;
- non-verbal communication;
- social responsiveness
Abstract Young autistic children were compared to normal and control samples on measures of nonverbal communication skills and object play skills. Deficits in non-verbal indicating behaviors best discriminated the children diagnosed as autistic from the other groups. Although the autistic children also exhibited deficits in object play behavior, these deficits did not add appreciably to the discriminant function based on the non-verbal communication behaviors. These results suggest that a deficit in the development of non-verbal indicating behaviors is a significant characteristic of young children who receive the diagnosis of autism.