ERIC Number: EJ1101339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Sexual Knowledge Acquisition and Retention for Individuals with Autism
Pask, Liza; Hughes, Tammy L.; Sutton, Lawrence R.
International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, v4 n2 p86-94 2016
"Healthy Relationships & Autism" is a developmentally sequenced, manualized intervention intended for children and adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The curriculum is designed to facilitate healthy interpersonal relationships; three modules cover personal hygiene, sexual knowledge, and a variety of productive interpersonal relations. The current study investigates the effectiveness of the strategies used to increase sexual knowledge for individuals with ASD. Specifically, short step-by-step concrete explanations that are paired with visual modeling and repeated practice accompanied by corrective feedback were delivered to six adolescents who showed a wide range of functional abilities. Pre, post, and one month follow-up measures show that the HR curriculum was effective in increasing sexual knowledge acquisition and retention regardless of the child's level of difficulties.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Children, Adolescents, Sex Education, Sexuality, Knowledge Level, Health Promotion, Interpersonal Relationship, Sequential Approach, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Intervention, Learning Modules, Program Effectiveness, Visual Aids, Models, Feedback (Response), Pretests Posttests, Quasiexperimental Design, Statistical Analysis, Curriculum Development
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania