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ERIC Number: EJ792171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1547-0350
Descriptive Analysis of Classroom Setting Events on the Social Behaviors of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Boyd, Brian A.; Conroy, Maureen A.; Asmus, Jennifer M.; McKenney, Elizabeth L. W.; Mancil, G. Richmond
Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, v43 n2 p186-197 Jun 2008
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are characterized by extreme deficits in social relatedness with same-age peers. The purpose of this descriptive study was to identify naturally occurring antecedent variables (i.e., setting events) in the classroom environments of children with ASD that promoted their engagement in peer-related social behaviors. Over a 12-week period, seven preschool-aged children were individually observed an average of 3.4-5.9 hours across the following classroom setting events: (a) contexts with varying peer group sizes, (b) contexts in which the adult or child directed the activities, and (c) contexts with varying levels of teacher engagement. Results based on a continuous, sequential behavioral coding system showed that for the majority of participants; small group sizes, child directed activities, and limited teacher engagement most influenced the occurrence of target children's social behaviors. Implications of this study to practice are addressed. (Contains 5 tables.)
Division on Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A