ERIC Number: EJ1038401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Using Self-Management to Improve the Reciprocal Social Conversation of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Koegel, Lynn Kern; Park, Mi N.; Koegel, Robert L.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n5 p1055-1063 May 2014
Individuals with autism spectrum disorders often exhibit difficulties with reciprocal social conversation, engaging in limited verbal exchanges, even when language structures are intact. This study employed a multiple baseline design to examine the effectiveness of a self-management intervention targeting (1) on-topic responsiveness to a conversational partner; (2) expansion of the conversational topic; and (3) on-topic question asking. Results demonstrated improved reciprocal social conversation through elaborated responses and on-topic question asking, which generalized and maintained. Social validity measures by naïve observers indicated that the intervention led to meaningful improvements during conversation, including interest, naturalness, and desirability as a conversational partner.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Children, Self Management, Interpersonal Communication, Improvement, Intervention, Responses, Questioning Techniques, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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