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ERIC Number: EJ1088305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Improvement in Social Competence Using a Randomized Trial of a Theatre Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Corbett, Blythe A.; Key, Alexandra P.; Qualls, Lydia; Fecteau, Stephanie; Newsom, Cassandra; Coke, Catherine; Yoder, Paul
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n2 p658-672 Feb 2016
The efficacy of a peer-mediated, theatre-based intervention on social competence in participants with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was tested. Thirty 8-to-14 year-olds with ASD were randomly assigned to the treatment (n = 17) or a wait-list control (n = 13) group. Immediately after treatment, group effects were seen on social ability, (d = 0.77), communication symptoms (d = -0.86), group play with toys in the company of peers (d = 0.77), immediate memory of faces as measured by neuropsychological (d = 0.75) and ERP methods (d = 0.93), delayed memory for faces (d = 0.98), and theory of mind (d = 0.99). At the 2 month follow-up period, group effects were detected on communication symptoms (d = 0.82). The results of this pilot clinical trial provide initial support for the efficacy of the theatre-based intervention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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