ERIC Number: EJ792469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Reference Count: 0
Effectiveness of a Manualized Summer Social Treatment Program for High-Functioning Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Lopata, Christopher; Thomeer, Marcus L.; Volker, Martin A.; Nida, Robert E.; Lee, Gloria K.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n5 p890-904 May 2008
This paper presents findings from the final two years of a four-year study investigating a manualized social treatment program for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. The study sought to (1) replicate and expand findings from years one and two; (2) compare outcomes of participants who received response-cost feedback versus non-categorical feedback; and (3) provide further evidence of program feasibility. Results indicated significant improvements in social skills and problem behaviors, however no significant differences for face emotion recognition. Measures of several socially-related behaviors yielded mixed results based on rater. While parent ratings did not appear to favor one feedback format, staff ratings appeared to favor the response-cost format on some measures. Results also provided support for program feasibility.
Descriptors: Autism, Summer Programs, Social Development, Interpersonal Competence, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Comparative Analysis, Feedback (Response), Program Effectiveness, Skill Development, Behavior Problems, Emotional Response, Prosocial Behavior
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