Teaching the Imitation and Spontaneous Use of Descriptive Gestures in Young Children with Autism Using a Naturalistic Behavioral Intervention

@article{Ingersoll2007TeachingTI,
  title={Teaching the Imitation and Spontaneous Use of Descriptive Gestures in Young Children with Autism Using a Naturalistic Behavioral Intervention},
  author={Brooke Ingersoll and Elizabeth Lewis and Emily Kroman},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
  year={2007},
  volume={37},
  pages={1446-1456}
}
Children with autism exhibit deficits in the imitation and spontaneous use of descriptive gestures. Reciprocal Imitation Training (RIT), a naturalistic imitation intervention, has ben shown to increase object imitation skills in young children with autism. A single-subject, multiple-baseline design acroess five young children with autism was used to determine whether RIT could be adapted to target the imitation of descriptive gestures. All participants increased their imitation of gestures in… 

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