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Repetitive behaviour and play in typically developing children and children with autism spectrum disorders

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emma Honey, Dr Susan Leekham, Emerita Professor Helen McConachie


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The view of a triad of impairments [(Wing and Gould (1979). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 9, 11-30] in which impaired imagination is linked with repetitive behaviour is widely accepted. However this categorisation differs from the international classification systems, which link imagination to communication impairments rather than to repetitive behaviours. To investigate this relationship, the Activities and Play Questionnaire-Revised was completed by 196 parents of 2-8-year-old children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and typical development. Results showed that repetitive behaviours were associated with play in ASD but not in typical development, supporting Wing and Gould's triad. However there was also an association between play, repetitive behaviour and language, confirming the international classification systems description of imagination as a component of language and communication difficulties. © 2006 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Honey E, Leekam S, Turner M, McConachie H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Year: 2007

Volume: 37

Issue: 6

Pages: 1107-1115

ISSN (print): 0162-3257

ISSN (electronic): 1573-3432

Publisher: Springer New York LLC


DOI: 10.1007/s10803-006-0253-4

PubMed id: 17072748


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