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Project Title

Project Title

Imitation in autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Bolton, Patrick

Description

Description

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.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

61000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2008-2011

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 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.

Project Link

Project Link

Imitation in autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

King's College London

State/Country

State/Country

United Kingdom

Project Number

Project Number

2305

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

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