ERIC Number: EJ899322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Therapist and Parent Ratings of Changes in Adaptive Social Skills Following a Summer Treatment Camp for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Preliminary Study
Walker, Anne Nehlig; Barry, Tammy D.; Bader, Stephanie H.
Child & Youth Care Forum, v39 n5 p305-322 Oct 2010
The current study examined whether both parents and therapists perceived changes in adaptive social behaviors in children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) following a summer treatment camp. Participants included 12 children (11 male, 1 female; 83% Caucasian; aged 3-7 years) diagnosed with an ASD who attended a 4-week summer camp designed to promote social skills building and peer interaction in the context of sensory-motor and language-based play. Analyses of data collected using a measure developed for the current study (the Adaptive Social Skills Measure; ASSM) to examine children's improvements in the context of peer interactions revealed that both parents and therapists reported positive changes from pre- to post-treatment based on the total scale. Findings from pre- to post-treatment revealed that therapists perceived significant improvement in children for all four subscales (verbal communication, social interaction, attention to task, and transitions), and parents perceived significant improvement in children's verbal communication and social interaction skills. Finally, the overall ratings from pre- to post-treatment did not differ between therapist and parent ratings, suggesting that the improvements perceived at camp were perceived concurrently in the home environment. Overall, the current study provides preliminary evidence of the positive role that summer treatment camps may play in building social skills for children with ASDs.
Descriptors: Verbal Communication, Autism, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Behavior Modification, Social Development, Skill Development, Summer Programs, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Parent Attitudes, Young Children, Peer Relationship, Pretests Posttests, Program Effectiveness, Attention Span, Allied Health Personnel
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