Symbolic Play in Children with Autism

  • Yan Grace Lam
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This chapter first introduces the impairment in symbolic play among children with autism and discusses the nature of such deficits. The theoretical explanations of the symbolic deficits, namely, theory of mind (ToM) deficit, executive function deficit (EFD), and central coherence deficit, are described. Empirical evidence of these theoretical accounts is reviewed. Finally, future research direction in this field of study is presented.


Executive Function Intellectual Disability Joint Attention Executive Dysfunction Performance Deficit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological StudiesHong Kong Institute of EducationTaipo, New TerritoriesHong Kong

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