Imitation in Kids with Autism
Children can learn many skills through imitation, but children with autism often struggle to develop the ability to imitate. Doctoral student Nicolette Caldwell is conducting a study to compare two different interventions for teaching children with autism to imitate. As part of this study, all participants will receive 12 20-min intervention sessions over the course of 6 weeks, delivered in their home or a convenient location. Parents and participants will also complete a 15-min play session, which will be video-recorded, before and after the intervention. The results of this study will help us to determine the best method for teaching young children with autism to imitate so that they can continue to learn other skills through imitation over the course of childhood.