Knott, F. and Lewis, C. and Williams, T. (1995) Sibling interaction of children with learning disabilities: a comparison of autism and downs-syndrome. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 36 (6). pp. 965-976.Full text not available from this repository.
Two potentially contrasting hypotheses can be generated about sibling interactions involving a child with Down's syndrome or autism. Research on siblings would predict that learning disabled children adopt responsive roles. Studies of children with autism would predict impoverished interactions. Home observations were conducted on 30 sibling pairs involving children with autism or Down's syndrome. Both hypotheses were partially supported. All learning disabled children engaged in frequent bouts of interaction, usually directed by their sibling. While children with autism engaged in fewer bouts and imitated less, they did reciprocate their siblings' initiations. Sibling encounters provide a unique opportunity for such children to learn about social relationships.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology|
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
|Deposited On:||04 Nov 2008 16:44|
|Last Modified:||26 Jul 2012 15:24|
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