ERIC Number: EJ1069685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Summer Treatment Program Improves Behavior of Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mitchell, Elisabeth Sheridan; Mrug, Sylvie; Patterson, Cryshelle S.; Bailey, Kirstin J.; Bart Hodgens, J.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n8 p2295-2310 Aug 2015
This study evaluated the effects of a behavioral summer treatment program for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD). Twenty boys (M = 9.2 years) diagnosed with HFASD participated in the 6-week program across 6 years. Detailed daily behavioral data were collected on a variety of positive and negative social behaviors. Repeated measures ANOVAs of weekly behavior frequencies indicated substantial improvements in a number of behaviors over the 6 weeks of the program, including following activity rules, contributing to a group discussion, paying attention, and less complaining/whining. Overall, results highlight the potential efficacy of treating chronic functional impairments of HFASD and associated problem behaviors in the context of an intensive behavioral summer treatment program.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Summer Programs, Behavior Modification, Children, Males, Child Behavior, Behavior Problems, Interpersonal Competence, Compliance (Psychology), Student Participation, Group Discussion, Attention Control, Negative Attitudes, Intercultural Communication, Program Effectiveness, Outcomes of Treatment
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