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ERIC Number: EJ849068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0271-1214
The Engagement and Interaction of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Segregated and Inclusive Early Childhood Center-Based Settings
Kishida, Yuriko; Kemp, Coral
Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, v29 n2 p105-118 2009
The engagement and interaction of 12 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were measured during free play in segregated and inclusive prior-to-school early childhood settings to compare the learning opportunities provided in each type of setting. Ratings of overall engagement and the frequency and quality of interaction were also compared across the two types of setting. Although a satisfactory level of engagement was found for segregated and inclusive settings, the children were, on average, slightly better engaged in the segregated settings. Adult interaction was significantly higher in the segregated settings, but the difference in the amount of peer interaction only marginally favored the inclusive settings. Variations in the engagement and interaction across individual children were identified. The implications of these findings for optimizing learning opportunities for children with ASD in early childhood center-based settings were discussed. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia