The role of imitation in video-based interventions for children with autism.

C. J. Lindsay, D. W. Moore, A. Anderson, K. Dillenburger

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    Objective: The aim of this paper is to bridge the gap between the corpus of imitation research and video-based intervention (VBI) research, and consider the impact imitation skills may be having on VBI outcomes and highlight potential areas for improving efficacy.

    Method: A review of the imitation literature was conducted focusing on imitation skill deficits in children with autism followed by a critical review of the video modelling literature focusing on pre-intervention assessment of imitation skills and the impact imitation deficits may have on VBI outcomes.

    Results: Children with autism have specific imitation deficits, which may impact VBI outcomes. Imitation training or procedural modifications made to videos may accommodate for these deficits.

    Conclusions: There are only six studies where VBI researchers have taken pre-intervention imitation assessments using an assortment of imitation measures. More research is required to develop a standardised multi-dimensional imitation assessment battery that can better inform VBI.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)283-289
    Number of pages7
    JournalDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


    • autism
    • video modelling
    • imitation


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