ERIC Number: EJ1182062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
I Wanna Play Too: Factors Related to Changes in Social Behavior for Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder after Implementation of a Structured Outdoor Play Curriculum
Morrier, Michael J.; Ziegler, Sonja M. T.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v48 n7 p2530-2541 Jul 2018
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulties interacting with same-aged peers during unstructured play (e.g., on the playground). Thirty-five toddler and preschool children with and without ASD participated in a structured 15-min outdoor play curriculum. The intervention, "the Buddy Game," used familiar songs, movement, and games to promote peer social interaction. A 2 × 3 ANOVA assessed changes in overall targeted social behaviors during baseline, "the Buddy Game," and generalization to free-pay. Multiple regression analyses examined factors related to increases in social interactions. Predictors were ASD status of child and age of child. Results indicated "the Buddy Game" increased overall social interactions and that social interactions were influenced more by ASD status than age. Implications for practitioners are highlighted.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Toddlers, Preschool Children, Child Behavior, Social Behavior, Play, Playgrounds, Intervention, Games, Statistical Analysis, Multiple Regression Analysis, Predictor Variables, Peer Relationship, Interaction
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