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ERIC Number: ED561444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 157
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-0502-0
The Effects of Film Making on Social Skills of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Wolf, Alisa
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Fielding Graduate University
The incidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has increased during the past decade. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 88 births in the United States will result in ASD. Since social skills deficits are among the most prominent deficits in children on the spectrum, it is crucial that intervention occur early in life. In this study, effects of the film-making process on children with ASD were examined to determine its impact on their social skills. Children with ASD ages 13 to 17 met for 1 week Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to learn the process of film-making. The children, parents, and instructor completed The Children's Self-Report Social Skills Scale at the beginning and end of the study. In addition, the children, parents, and instructor were interviewed before and after the workshop. The quantitative data showed a significant increase from Time 1 to Time 2 on a one-way repeated measures analysis of variance for time, form, and time*form. In addition, comments from children, parents, and instructor were converted to 1-5 scales and their comments at Time 1 were compared with their comments at Time 2, using paired-samples "t" tests. While no significant growth was noted between Time 1 and Time 2 in the children's responses, growth was noted from Time 1 to Time 2 in both the parents' and the instructor's responses regarding the children's ability to make eye contact, greet others, initiate contact, participate in discussions, and interact with peers. Growth was noted in the parents' responses regarding the children's ability to express feelings, and in the instructor's responses regarding the children's ability to follow instructions and talk with adults. Both the parents' and the instructor's responses indicated that the children grew significantly from Time 1 to Time 2 regarding the number of exchanges that they made on both nonpreferred and preferred topics. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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