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ERIC Number: EJ1164630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Examination of Social Story Format on Frequency of Undesired Behaviors
Thompson, Robyn; Johnston, Susan S.
Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, p83-103 Spr-Sum 2017
The purpose of this investigation was to explore whether a difference existed between the effectiveness of paper-based format and tablet computer-based format Social Story interventions on frequency of undesired behaviors. An adapted alternating treatment design was implemented with four children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Data regarding frequency of undesired behaviors during target activities as well as social validity data regarding the perceived effectiveness and efficiency of the interventions were collected. Results revealed that Social Stories presented in both paper-based and tablet computer-based formats were effective in decreasing undesired behaviors when compared to baseline conditions, and that a notable difference did not exist between the effectiveness of the paper-based and tablet computer-based formats. Social validity data provided strong support for the use of both paper-based and tablet computer-based Social Story interventions in early childhood classrooms. Behavioral outcomes did not vary across paper-based and tablet computer-based formats. However, social validity data revealed that interventionist preference did vary across formats suggesting that interventionist preference should be considered when developing and implementing Social Story interventions.
Descriptors: Intervention, Behavior Problems, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Special Education, Preschool Children, Clinical Diagnosis, Comparative Analysis, Investigations, Class Activities, Research Design, Test Format, Computer Assisted Testing, Child Behavior, Early Childhood Education, Program Effectiveness, Interpersonal Competence, Story Telling, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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