Exploring Visual Perspective Taking and body awareness in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Luigi Russo, Francesco Craig, Marta Ruggiero, Claudio Mancuso, Rita Galluzzi, Alessandro Lorenzo, Isabella Fanizza, Antonio Trabacca

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Introduction: Recent evidence suggests that impairments in social cognition are associated to the cognitive abilities needed to take several viewpoints in perceptual situations and body awareness. The aim of the current study was to investigate Visual Perspective Taking (VPT) and Body awareness performance in a group of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) compared with a group of children with Intellectual Disability (ID) and typically developing (TD) children. Methods: Our groups were administered an IQ test and a VPT task, and body awareness tests. Results: Children with ASD or ID were more impaired in body awareness development compared to TD (p < .001) children. The ASD group differentiates largely from the other two groups in the mean VPT (p < .001) scores. Conclusions: The current study provides a framework for considering social impairments in autism on a broader scale, including visuoperceptual and body awareness difficulties as a core contributor to social interaction difficulties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-265
Number of pages12
JournalCognitive Neuropsychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • body awareness
  • body schema
  • Visual Perspective Taking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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