ERIC Number: ED259506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Training and Generalization of Social Interaction Skills with Autistic Youth.
Gaylord-Ross, Robert J.; And Others
Two experiments were conducted to increase the initiations and durations of social interactions between autistic and nonhandicapped youths. Experiment 1 involved teaching two autistic youths (17-20 years old) to initiate and elaborate social interactions with three age appropriate and commonly used leisure objects; a radio, a video game, and gum. The students were first taught to use the objects and subsequently instructed in the related social skills. The youths generalized these social responses to other nonhandicapped peers in the same leisure setting. A second experiment trained a third autistic youth (18 years old) to emit similar social leisure skills. The use of the leisure objects and the related social skills were taught at the same time. The autistic youth learned these skills and generalized them to other nonhandicapped peers in the same leisure setting. The importance of teaching generalized social responding in particular subenvironments was emphasized. (Author)
Descriptors: Autism, Generalization, Interaction, Interpersonal Competence, Peer Relationship, Young Adults
Thomas Haring, Department of Special Education, University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Francisco State Univ., CA.; Marin County Office of Education, San Rafael, CA.
Note: In its: The Socialization Research Project. Final Report, Appendix C, August 1984 (EC 180 236).