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Tan, Vanessa Xue-Ling; Simmonds, Janette Graetz – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
This research explored parents' perceptions of the psychosocial outcomes of their children's experience of receiving equine-assisted interventions (EAI). Participants were the parents of six children (aged 3-14) diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Five semi-structured interviews were conducted and the transcript data was analysed using…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Horses, Therapy, Program Effectiveness
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Turcotte, Paul; Shea, Lindsay L.; Mandell, David – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
The objective was to examine the frequency, correlates, and overlap of school disciplinary actions, psychiatric hospitalizations, and police contact among children and adolescents with autism. Survey results from 2525 caregivers of individuals with autism in elementary through high school were examined. Logistic regression was used to examine…
Descriptors: Police, Autism, Trauma, Intervention
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Schutte, Claire; Richardson, Wendy; Devlin, Morgan; Hill, Jeanna; Ghossainy, Maliki; Hewitson, Laura – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
This study investigated categories of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms measured by the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Second Edition and their association with maternal stress. Social affect and restricted and repetitive behaviors were compared with levels of maternal stress, measured by the Parenting Stress Index, in 102 children…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Hyperactivity, Conceptual Tempo
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Chen, Ya-Ting; Tsou, Kuo-Su; Chen, Hao-Ling; Wong, Ching-Ching; Fan, Yang-Teng; Wu, Chien-Te – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Whether action representation in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is deficient remains controversial, as previous studies of action observation or imitation report conflicting results. Here we investigated the characteristics of action representation in adolescents with ASD through motor imagery (MI) using a hand rotation and an…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Imagery
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Finnegan, Elizabeth; Accardo, Amy L. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Although studies exist measuring the effectiveness of writing interventions for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), research assessing the writing skills for this group is sparse. The present study identified differences in the written expression of individuals with ASD compared to typically developing (TD) peers, using variables…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Writing Skills, Comparative Analysis
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Schertz, Hannah H.; Odom, Samuel L.; Baggett, Kathleen M.; Sideris, John H. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
A randomized controlled trial was conducted to evaluate effects of the Joint Attention Mediated Learning (JAML) intervention. Toddlers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) aged 16-30 months (n = 144) were randomized to intervention and community control conditions. Parents, who participated in 32 weekly home-based sessions, followed a mediated…
Descriptors: Randomized Controlled Trials, Intervention, Early Intervention, Learning Processes
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Bottema-Beutel, Kristen; Park, Haerin; Kim, So Yoon – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
By teaching social rules thought to be necessary for social competence, social skills training (SST) curricula aim to improve indicators of well-being for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), such as the attainment of meaningful friendships. However, several recent meta-analyses indicate that SST curricula may fall short of these…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Interpersonal Competence, Skill Development
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Mayes, Susan D. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
The smallest subset of items from the 30-item Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) that differentiated 607 referred children (3-17 years) with and without autism with 100% accuracy was identified. This 6-item subset (CASD-Short Form) was cross-validated on an independent sample of 397 referred children (1-18 years) with and without autism…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Clinical Diagnosis, Accuracy
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Platos, Mateusz; Wojaczek, Kinga – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Peer-mediated intervention (PMI) is most commonly defined as a treatment approach that engages typically developing peers to teach children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) social skills and increase their social interactions, mainly in a school setting. In this letter, we address the limitations of such understanding of PMI and review the…
Descriptors: Peer Influence, Intervention, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Elias, Rebecca; White, Susan W. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Understanding the needs of adolescents and emerging adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with respect to transition to postsecondary education is critical to development of user-informed transition programming. Parents of adolescents and emerging adults with ASD (n = 52) and ADHD (n = 47) completed an online survey. Social interaction…
Descriptors: Autism, Self Advocacy, Self Control, College Students
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Anderson, Anastasia H.; Carter, Mark; Stephenson, Jennifer – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at heightened risk of post-secondary educational failure and account for approximately 1% of students in post-secondary education. Findings from an on-line survey of students with ASD attending university in Australian are reported in this study. Respondents indicated high rates of academic and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, College Students, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism
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Lucas, Rebecca; James, Alana I. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Mentoring is often recommended to universities as a way of supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and/or mental health conditions (MHC), but there is little literature on optimising this support. We used mixed-methods to evaluate mentees' and mentors' experiences of a specialist mentoring programme. Mentees experienced academic,…
Descriptors: Mentors, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Mental Disorders
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Burke, Shanna L.; Bresnahan, Tammy; Li, Tan; Epnere, Katrina; Rizzo, Albert; Partin, Mary; Ahlness, Robert M.; Trimmer, Matthew – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Conversational virtual human (VH) agents are increasingly used to support role-play experiential learning. This project examined whether a Virtual Interactive Training Agent (ViTA) system would improve job interviewing skills in individuals with autism and developmental disabilities (N = 32). A linear mixed model was employed to evaluate adjusted…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Role Playing, Experiential Learning
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DeNigris, Danielle; Brooks, Patricia J.; Obeid, Rita; Alarcon, Maria; Shane-Simpson, Christina; Gillespie-Lynch, Kristen – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Reduced cognitive empathy may put autistic people at risk for bullying. We compared interpretations of bullying provided by 22 autistic and 15 non-autistic college students. Autistic (and non-autistic) students reported less severe bullying in college relative to earlier in development. Chronic bullying was associated with improvements in…
Descriptors: Bullying, Autism, College Students, Empathy
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Valdes, Francisca; Keary, Christopher J.; Mullett, Jennifer E.; Palumbo, Michelle L.; Waxler, Jessica L.; Pober, Barbara R.; McDougle, Christopher J. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Descriptions of individuals with Williams syndrome (WS) and co-morbid major depressive disorder (MDD) with psychotic features have not appeared in the literature. In addition to reviewing previous reports of psychotic symptoms in persons with WS, this paper introduces clinical histories and therapeutic management strategies for three previously…
Descriptors: Depression (Psychology), Psychosis, Adults, Comorbidity
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