Cognitive Underpinnings of Pretend Play in Autism

@article{Rutherford2003CognitiveUO,
  title={Cognitive Underpinnings of Pretend Play in Autism},
  author={M D Rutherford and Sally Rogers},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
  year={2003},
  volume={33},
  pages={289-302}
}
This article examines the cognitive underpinnings of spontaneous and prompted pretend play in 28 young children with autism, 24 children with other developmental disorders, and 26 typical children. The article compares theories that consider either theory of mind (ToM) or executive function (EF) to be causally important deficits in the development of pretend play in autism and important factors in pretend play. Each of these two theories posits a cognitive precursor to pretense, which would… CONTINUE READING

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