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Imitation in autism  

The discovery of "mirror neurons" offers the potential for imitation-based interventions and may help define subgroups within autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to aid in the search for biological causes of autism. Dr. Bolton's fellow will carry out two studies of imitation impairments. The first study will examine a sample of children who were followed from age two years to adolescence to determine if two-year-olds with ASD who do not imitate differ over time from children with ASD who show typical imitation abilities. The second study will attempt to establish whether adults and children with ASD show impairments in the automatic imitation of hand, mouth, or eye region movements. The relationship between imitative behaviors, the understanding of self and others, and real-life functioning will be explored. Project Status


Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $61,000.00
Project Number 2305
Principal Investigator Bolton, Patrick
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 1LB. Develop at least five measures of behavioral and/or biological heterogeneity in children or adults with ASD, beyond variation in intellectual disability, that clearly relate to etiology and risk, treatment response and/or outcome by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $71,100,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution King's College London
State/Country United Kingdom
Web Link 1 Imitation in autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects Imitation in autism | $61,000.00 | 2010 | 2305
Imitation in autism | $61,000.00 | 2008 | 2305
Imitation in autism | $0.00 | 2011 | 2305
Mimicry and imitation in autism spectrum disorders | $31,685.00 | 2009 | 2175
Mimicry and imitation in autism spectrum disorders | $0.00 | 2010 | 2175