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ERIC Number: EJ819569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Functional Training for Initiating Joint Attention in Children with Autism
Naoi, Nozomi; Tsuchiya, Ritsu; Yamamoto, Jun-Ichi; Nakamura, Katsuki
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v29 n6 p595-609 Nov-Dec 2008
The present study aimed to examine the controlling variables for initiating joint attention (IJA) in three children with autism. During the baseline, target objects were presented in a location where the child could see them, but the adult could not, and the emergence of IJA was assessed. Children with autism showed some IJA skills during the baseline, but none initiated pointing. In training, the motivating operation for IJA was manipulated by using each child's preferred materials as targets of joint attention. It was found that more frequent and functional joint attention behaviors were emitted following training. The present study suggests that difficulties in IJA in children with autism could be partly explained by restricted interests in children with autism. (Contains 4 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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