ERIC Number: EJ1062604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
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Reference Count: 24
Teaching Children with Autism in Small Groups with Students Who Are At-Risk for Academic Problems: Effects on Academic and Social Behaviors
Ledford, Jennifer R.; Wehby, Joseph H.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n6 p1624-1635 Jun 2015
Students with ASD are often taught in individual instructional arrangements, even when they receive educational services in inclusive settings. Providing intervention in small group arrangements may increase opportunities for social interactions, particularly when these opportunities are systematically planned. In this study, academic instruction was conducted in small groups consisting of one student with ASD and peers who were socially competent but at risk for academic failure. All students learned targeted academic behaviors and increased their use of targeted social behaviors during instructional sessions. Generalization of social behaviors to a less-structured context was variable. Results suggest that small group instruction may be a feasible and preferred alternative to individual instruction for students with ASD.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Teaching Methods, Intervention, Interaction, Social Development, Small Group Instruction, Peer Influence, At Risk Students, Behavior Modification, Social Behavior, Generalization, Skill Development, Inclusion, Academic Achievement
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