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Table 2 Peer interaction behavioral means and standard deviations by diagnosis

From: Elevated cortisol during play is associated with age and social engagement in children with autism

  Solicited motor play (T2) Cooperative play (T4)
Autism Neurotypical Autism Neurotypical
Variable Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Approach 0.86 (1.24) 0.63 (0.97) 0.57 (0.75) 0.63 (0.92)
Gesture 0.48 (0.68) 0.50 (1.18) 0.29 (0.56) 0.75 (1.54)
Equipment use 2.48 (2.46) 1.75 (2.13) 1.89 (2.13) 0.46 (0.66)
Equipment use - gGroup 2.19 (2.52) 3.63 (3.32) 2.19 (2.14) 2.63 (1.58)
Proximity 0.38 (0.74) 0.63 (1.31) 0.43 (0.81) 0.08 (0.28)
Initiate 0.65 (0.93) 0.36 (0.73) 0.12 (0.33) 0.54 (0.86)
Reject 0.82 (1.01) 0.18 (0.39) 0.88 (1.11) 0.41 (0.96)
% time interacting 46 (31) 79 (24) 59 (39) 91 (13)
  1. SD, standard deviation.