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Limitations in social anticipation are independent of imaginative and Theory of Mind abilities in children with autism but not in typically developing children

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Anticipating future interactions is characteristic of our everyday social experiences, yet has received limited empirical attention. Little is known about how children with autism spectrum disorder, known for their limitations in social interactive skills, engage in social anticipation. We asked children with autism spectrum disorder and their typically developing counterparts to consider an interaction with another person in the near future. Our results suggest that children with autism spectrum disorder and typically developing children performed similarly when anticipating the age, gender, and possible questions of another person, but children with autism spectrum disorder struggled more to anticipate what they would say in response to an anticipated interaction. Furthermore, such responses were robustly associated with imaginative capacities in typically developing children but not children with autism spectrum disorder. Our findings suggest that the cognitive mechanisms of social anticipation may differ between these groups.

UOW Authors


  •   Angus, Douglas J. (external author)
  •   de Rosnay, Marc
  •   Lunenburg, Patty (external author)
  •   Terwogt, Mark M. (external author)
  •   Begeer, Sander (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Angus, D. J., de Rosnay, M., Lunenburg, P., Terwogt, M. M. & Begeer, S. (2015). Limitations in social anticipation are independent of imaginative and Theory of Mind abilities in children with autism but not in typically developing children. Autism: the international journal of research and practice, 19 (5), 604-612.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84930905421

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1922

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 604

End Page


  • 612

Volume


  • 19

Issue


  • 5

Abstract


  • Anticipating future interactions is characteristic of our everyday social experiences, yet has received limited empirical attention. Little is known about how children with autism spectrum disorder, known for their limitations in social interactive skills, engage in social anticipation. We asked children with autism spectrum disorder and their typically developing counterparts to consider an interaction with another person in the near future. Our results suggest that children with autism spectrum disorder and typically developing children performed similarly when anticipating the age, gender, and possible questions of another person, but children with autism spectrum disorder struggled more to anticipate what they would say in response to an anticipated interaction. Furthermore, such responses were robustly associated with imaginative capacities in typically developing children but not children with autism spectrum disorder. Our findings suggest that the cognitive mechanisms of social anticipation may differ between these groups.

UOW Authors


  •   Angus, Douglas J. (external author)
  •   de Rosnay, Marc
  •   Lunenburg, Patty (external author)
  •   Terwogt, Mark M. (external author)
  •   Begeer, Sander (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Angus, D. J., de Rosnay, M., Lunenburg, P., Terwogt, M. M. & Begeer, S. (2015). Limitations in social anticipation are independent of imaginative and Theory of Mind abilities in children with autism but not in typically developing children. Autism: the international journal of research and practice, 19 (5), 604-612.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84930905421

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1922

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 604

End Page


  • 612

Volume


  • 19

Issue


  • 5