ERIC Number: EJ1109815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Defining Success for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Social Academic Behavior in Secondary General Education Settings
McKenney, Elizabeth L. W.; Stachniak, Catherine; Albright, Jordan; Jewell, Jeremy D.; Dorencz, Julie M.
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v51 n3 p318-327 Sep 2016
An exploratory, observation-based study sought to strengthen understanding of the development of social communication skills that facilitate academic success, particularly within general education settings. Sixteen middle and high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), all of whom participated in at least one period per day of core academic instruction in a general education classroom, were observed over a period of one to three months each. Frequencies of five appropriate and three inappropriate social academic behaviors are described, in terms of their relative frequencies to one another, and their overall consistency over the course of observations. Students observed were more likely to engage in appropriate, facilitative behaviors within the classroom setting than they were to demonstrate communicative symptoms of ASD. Most social academic behaviors were demonstrated at consistent frequencies over time. Implications for educational decision-making, progress monitoring, and future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Social Behavior, General Education, Behavior Problems, Academic Achievement, Middle School Students, High School Students, Student Behavior, Special Education, Intelligence Quotient, Adolescents, Diagnostic Tests, Mental Disorders, Observation, Child Behavior, Rating Scales, Adjustment (to Environment), Behavior Rating Scales, Individualized Education Programs, Children, Intelligence Tests, Cognitive Ability, Cognitive Tests
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site: http://daddcec.org/Publications/ETADDJournal.aspx
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; Behavior Assessment System for Children; Leiter International Performance Scale; Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children; Woodcock Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability