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Gillis, Jennifer M.; Beights, Rebecca – Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 2012
Alongside the increased prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), there is a greater likelihood of clinical psychologists having a role in the treatment of children with these disorders. Population heterogeneity with respect to ASD-specific symptomatology, comorbid medical and psychiatric issues, level of cognitive functioning, and presence…
Descriptors: Autism, Psychologists, Psychopathology, Clinical Psychology
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Gillis, Jennifer M. – Infants and Young Children, 2009
Since 2000, there has been an increasing emphasis on screening for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) during well-child visits (P. A. Filipek et al., 2000; C. P. Johnson & S. M. Myers, 2007). Pediatricians surveyed in 2 mid-Atlantic states reported extremely low rates of screening for ASD (8% of participants) in comparison with higher rates of…
Descriptors: Autism, Physicians, Family Practice (Medicine), Screening Tests
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Sevlever, Melina; Gillis, Jennifer M. – Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 2010
Several authors have suggested that children with autism are impaired in their ability to imitate others. However, diverse methodologies, contradictory findings, and varying theoretical explanations continue to exist in the literature despite decades of research. A comprehensive account of imitation in children with autism is hampered by the lack…
Descriptors: Autism, Imitation, Children, Research Methodology
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Butler, Robert C.; Gillis, Jennifer M. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2011
Currently, there is a paucity of literature on stigmatization of adults with Asperger's Disorder (AD). Therefore, this study examined whether young adults hold stigmatizing views towards individuals with AD and if that stigmatization is elicited by behaviors or labels. College students (N = 195) read one of six vignettes. A modified Social…
Descriptors: College Students, Asperger Syndrome, Young Adults, Statistical Analysis
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Schleismann, Kelly D.; Gillis, Jennifer M. – Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 2011
Anxiety disorders, including social phobia, occur often in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD; Gillott, Furniss, & Walter, 2001; Leyfer et al., 2006; Simonoff et al., 2008); however, little is known about the conceptualization and treatment of social phobia in this population. The current study presents the case of "James," a 6-year-old…
Descriptors: Anxiety Disorders, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Johnson, Ashley L.; Gillis, Jennifer M.; Romanczyk, Raymond G. – Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2012
The current study investigated social behaviors, including initiating joint attention (IJA), responding to joint attention (RJA), social orienting, and imitation in 14 children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to 12 typically developing children (TD). Results indicated that IJA and RJA were positively correlated with social…
Descriptors: Autism, Imitation, Human Body, Social Behavior
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Gillis, Jennifer M.; Callahan, Emily H.; Romanczyk, Raymond G. – Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2011
There are a limited number of assessments available to examine social skills deficits in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). The Behavioral Assessment of Social Interactions in Young Children (BASYC) was developed as a direct assessment of social deficits in young children with ASD relative to children without ASD. The BASYC is a…
Descriptors: Social Behavior, Autism, Antisocial Behavior, Young Children
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Gillis, Jennifer M.; Butler, Robert C. – Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention, 2007
Social skill development is one of the primary areas of intervention for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The purpose of this article was to conduct a retrospective review of social skills intervention research for preschool children with ASD. A review of 17 single-subject design studies from twelve journals (1999-2006) was…
Descriptors: Intervention, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Preschool Children, Skill Development
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Callahan, Emily H.; Gillis, Jennifer M.; Romanczyk, Raymond G.; Mattson, Richard E. – Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2011
Many treatment programs for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) target social skills, and there is growing attention directed toward the development of specific interventions to improve social skills and social interactions in this population (Hestenes & Carroll, 2000; Strain & Hoyson, 2000). However, there are limited tools…
Descriptors: Socialization, Autism, Young Children, Adjustment (to Environment)
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Gillis, Jennifer M.; Hammond Natof, Tammy; Lockshin, Stephanie B.; Romanczyk, Raymond G. – Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 2009
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have a high prevalence of specific fears, including fear of general medical procedures, but research on the treatment of medical fears has been limited. Two studies are described in this article. The first study involved an assessment of the prevalence of fears associated with physical exams.…
Descriptors: Intervention, Incidence, Autism, Fear
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Romanczyk, Raymond G.; White, Sara; Gillis, Jennifer M. – Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention, 2005
The primary core deficit in autism spectrum disorders is social development. While frequently acknowledged as a critical aspect of intervention for improved functioning, research on the specifics of social development and effective models of intervention is not commensurate with the acknowledged importance. We present a model of social competence…
Descriptors: Intervention, Social Behavior, Autism, Social Development
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Bristol, Adam S.; Gillis, Jennifer M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2001
Describes a development in high school psychology called the Psychology of Partnerships Project (P3). Addresses the creation of national teaching standards in psychology and considers the uses of computer technology. Advocates a new national survey to evaluate high school psychology education. (CMK)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Computer Uses in Education, Course Content, Educational Practices