ERIC Number: EJ1147418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Toward Meaningful Outcomes in Teaching Conversation and Greeting Skills with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Hood, Stephanie A.; Luczynski, Kevin C.; Mitteer, Daniel R.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v50 n3 p459-486 Sum 2017
We identified greeting and conversation deficits based on a parent interview and semistructured direct assessment for one child and two adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. We taught the greeting and conversation skills using behavioral skills training and within-session corrective feedback. A multiple baseline across conversation and greeting skills demonstrated experimental control over the effects of the teaching on acquisition and generalization to novel adults. We also conducted embedded reversals to assess maintenance of the acquired skills. Teaching produced robust acquisition, generalization, maintenance, and treatment extension for 15 of the 16 targeted skills across participants. Participant and parent reports indicated high levels of social validity for the intervention and outcomes. The results support individualized assessment and intervention for improving greeting and conversation skills during unscripted interactions, which are requisite for more extended and complex social interactions.
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Children, Adolescents, Teaching Methods, Semi Structured Interviews, Parents, Intervention
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