Brief report: Imaginative drawing in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning disabilities

Allen, Melissa and Craig, Eleanore (2016) Brief report: Imaginative drawing in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning disabilities. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46 (2). pp. 704-712. ISSN 0162-3257

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Abstract

Here we examine imaginative drawing abilities in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and learning disabilities (LD) under several conditions: spontaneous production, with use of a template, and combining two real entities to form an ‘unreal’ entity. Sixteen children in each group, matched on mental and chronological age, were asked to draw a number of ‘impossible’ pictures of humans and dogs. Children with ASD were impaired in spontaneous drawings and included fewer impossible features than children with LD, but there was no difference when a template was provided. An autism-specific deficit was revealed in the task involving combining entities. Results suggest that children with ASD do not have a general imaginative deficit; impairment is instead related to planning demands.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Additional Information:
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-015-2599-y
Uncontrolled Keywords:
/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3204
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75672
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Deposited On:
21 Oct 2015 04:58
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Yes
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Published
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27 May 2020 04:07