ERIC Number: EJ880298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Brief Report: Randomized Test of the Efficacy of Picture Exchange Communication System on Highly Generalized Picture Exchanges in Children with ASD
Yoder, Paul J.; Lieberman, Rebecca G.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n5 p629-632 May 2010
A randomized control trial comparing two social-communication interventions in young children with autism examined far-transfer of the use of picture exchange to communicate. Thirty-six children were randomly assigned to one of two treatment conditions, one of which was the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). All children had access to picture symbols during assessments. Post-treatment measurement of the number of picture exchanges in a far-transfer, assessment context favored the PECS intervention. These findings were interpreted as support for the hypothesis that the PECS curriculum can successfully teach a generalized means of showing coordinated attention to object and person without requiring eye contact to children with ASD.
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Autism, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Young Children, Comparative Analysis, Pictorial Stimuli, Communication Strategies, Interpersonal Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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