Adult Attitudes Toward Behaviors of a Six-year-old Boy with Autism

  title={Adult Attitudes Toward Behaviors of a Six-year-old Boy with Autism},
  author={Patrick Chambres and Catherine Auxiette and Carole Vansingle and Sandrine Gil},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
Parents report that their children with autism are often judged as undisciplined and rude (e.g., Peeters, Autism: From theoretical understanding to educational intervention, 1997). The phenomenon of a negative view of individuals with autism was studied here. Four behaviors (two problematic and two non-problematic) produced by a six-year-old child with autism were assessed on social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions by 88 adults in an “informed” or “uninformed” condition. The child was… 
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