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ERIC Number: EJ1019248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1088-3576
Increasing Conversational Interactions between Verbal High School Students with Autism and Their Peers without Disabilities
Hughes, Carolyn; Bernstein, Rebekah T.; Kaplan, Lauren M.; Reilly, Caitlin M.; Brigham, Nicolette L.; Cosgriff, Joseph C.; Boykin, Michaela P.
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v28 n4 p241-254 Dec 2013
Self-prompted communication books were used in combination with conversational peer orientation to increase conversational interactions of verbal high school students with autism or autistic-like behavior with their peers without disabilities. Previous investigators have used communication books only with students with autism or intellectual disability with limited or no verbal or reading skills. The six high school participants in this study could read and were verbal. We sought to determine whether the communication books would be accepted by peers without disabilities in general education classrooms or whether the books would stigmatize the students with disabilities. Finally, we assessed the effects of having a peer with a learning disability as the teacher of conversational interaction skills. We interpreted our results to conclude that the communication book package was associated with increased conversational interactions for all participants with their general education peers and that communication books were viewed positively by conversational partners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Behavior Assessment System for Children; Childhood Autism Rating Scale; Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale; Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A