Play behavior and attachment in toddlers with autism.
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SourceJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 5, (2008), pp. 857-866
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PI Group Memory and Emotion
F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Subject110 012 Social cognition of verbal communication; 150 000 MR Techniques in Brain Function; DCN 1: Perception and Action; DCN 3: Neuroinformatics; EBP 1: Determinants in Health and Disease; NCEBP 9: Mental health; UMCN 3.2: Cognitive neurosciences
Play helps to develop social skills. Children with autism show deviances in their play behavior that may be associated with delays in their social development. In this study, we investigated manipulative, functional and symbolic play behavior of toddlers with and without autism (mean age: 26.45, SD 5.63). The results showed that the quality of interaction between the child and the caregiver was related to the development of play behavior. In particular, security of attachment was related to better play behavior. When the developmental level of the child is taken into account, the attachment relationship of the child with the caregiver at this young age is a better predictor of the level of play behavior than the child's disorder.
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