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ERIC Number: EJ1058244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1555-6913
How a SURFing Social Skills Curriculum Can Impact Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Cavanaugh, Lauren Katrina; Rademacher, Sarah Beth
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, v15 n1 p27-35 Spr 2014
An average of one in 88 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012). Individuals with ASD demonstrate poor social interaction, poor social competence, and lowered self-esteem. Early intervention treatment can improve social development. In recent years more non-traditional therapies, like therapeutic surfing, have emerged. This study measured the outcome of a SURF camp social skills curriculum for 11 campers with ASD aged between 10 and 16 years, 18 parents, and 26 surf camp staff. Data were collected one week prior to camp, at the completion of camp, and then again two weeks following camp. Quantitative analysis revealed assertion, responsibility, and engagement as statistically significant in the social skills domain.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Piers Harris Childrens Self Concept Scale