Come play with me : an argument to link autism spectrum disorders and anorexia nervosa through early childhood pretend play

Pepin, Genevieve and Stagnitti, Karen 2012, Come play with me : an argument to link autism spectrum disorders and anorexia nervosa through early childhood pretend play, Eating disorders : the journal of treatment and prevention, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 254-259.

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Title Come play with me : an argument to link autism spectrum disorders and anorexia nervosa through early childhood pretend play
Author(s) Pepin, Genevieve
Stagnitti, Karen
Journal name Eating disorders : the journal of treatment and prevention
Volume number 20
Issue number 3
Start page 254
End page 259
Total pages 6
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2012-05
ISSN 1064-0266
1532-530X
Keyword(s) autism spectrum disorder
play
eating disorders
Summary This article builds on the argument of a link between behaviours observed in persons with autism spectrum disorders and persons with anorexia nervosa. In describing these behaviours, a link is made between deficits in social cognition, lack of flexible and creative thinking, theory of mind, and deficits in early pretend play ability. Early pretend play ability is a strong avenue to the development and strengthening of social cognition, problem solving, language, logical sequential thought, and understanding social situations. Currently, there is no literature on the pretend play ability of persons who develop anorexia nervosa. This article argues for research into this area which may potentially contribute to developments in new intervention strategies for these persons.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
111714 Mental Health
110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy)
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049928

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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