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Social Skills Interventions for Children with Autism

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Sarah Hansen

on 8 November 2013

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Transcript of Social Skills Interventions for Children with Autism

Rationale
Young children with autism often show restricted ability to communicate and interact socially.
Early social interaction and play helps to lay groundwork for many school-aged skills (McClelland & Morrison, 2003; Odom et al., 2006).
The rising trend for children with special needs is to be educated alongside typically developing peers whenever possible.
Research is needed to evaluate new interventions aimed at this population.
Results
Still pending... waiting on reliability
Matrix of results collected
Write-up completed except results
Some initial trends...
Social Skills Interventions for Children with Autism in Inclusive Settings
Research Questions
What kind of research is being done to support children with autism in the preschool classroom?
What do the results from these studies say about effective interventions?
What are future directions for research in this field?
Systematic review of the literature.
Three Phases
Development of Search Criteria and Search of Databases
Coding of articles for inclusion
Reliability Searches
Procedure
Creation of search terms and search procedure
Search terms were created with feedback from research group.
Systematic search of all possible combinations of terms: autism, aspergers, ASD, PDD-NOS, play, social skills, preschool, naturalistic setting, peer interaction.
Years 2005-2012
Databases PsychINFO, Academic Search Premier, Medline, ERIC.
Coding of articles for Inclusion
Articles were included based on an inclusion coding data sheet
Articles were included so as to capture literature that looked at strengthening social skills especially aimed at peer interaction in the preschool years.
Reliability
Reliability done in two phases

Phase I: Search

Phase II: Coding*

* Still in progress
Settings
Intervention Type
Dependent Variables
Initial Conclusions and Future Research
Which intervention type had the best potential effect?
Which DV's are the most useful?
Future research needed on combination interventions
Replication research needed of effective practices.
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