New tool to investigate early social cognitive development

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Kat has published her paper Scaling of early social cognitive skills in typically developing infants and children with autism spectrum disorders in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

This paper describes a research tool to investigate the development of mindreading skills in children with no or minimal speech. She found that, although autistic children passed tasks assessing intention reading and cooperation in the same order as children without autism, their performance on tasks, where they needed to follow another person’s gaze and cooperate with others, was delayed. This is the first study to explore the developmental progression of these early skills and hopefully the tool can be used to better understand social difficulties even in very young or disabled children.