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ERIC Number: EJ1124244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-6295
A Community Support Program for Children with Autism and Their Typically Developing Siblings: Initial Investigation
Kryzak, Lauren A.; Cengher, Mirela; Feeley, Kathleen M.; Fienup, Daniel M.; Jones, Emily A.
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, v19 n2 p159-177 Jun 2015
Siblings are a critical part of lifelong support for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). But siblings face their own social-emotional adjustment needs. These needs may be addressed through programs that include support groups specifically for the siblings. This study examined the effects of a community program on typical siblings' depression, anxiety, ASD knowledge, and peer network as well as reciprocal interactions between the typical sibling and sibling with ASD. The program provided a sibling support group, a skills intervention for children with ASD, and an inclusive recreation time. Siblings reported significant decreases in depression and physiological anxiety and improvements in their peer network. Autism knowledge increased but only approached significance. Direct observations revealed improvement in reciprocal interactions by most children that did not reach statistical significance. Parents, typical siblings, and interventionists indicated positive reactions to the program and its goals and outcomes. Findings are discussed in terms of the need to continue to explore interventions for siblings of children with ASD.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Childrens Manifest Anxiety Scale; Childrens Depression Inventory
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