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Azad, Gazi F.; Locke, Jill; Kasari, Connie; Mandell, David S. – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2017
Race is associated with social relationships among typically developing children; however, studies rarely examine the impact of race on social outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder. This study examined how race (African American, Latino, Asian, or White) in conjunction with disability status (autism spectrum disorders or typically…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Racial Differences, Ethnic Groups
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Locke, Jill; Wolk, Courtney Benjamin; Harker, Colleen; Olsen, Anne; Shingledecker, Travis; Barg, Frances; Mandell, David; Beidas, Rinad – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2017
Few evidence-based practices, defined as the use of empirically supported research and clinical expertise for children with autism, have been successfully implemented and sustained in schools. This study examined the perspectives of school personnel (n = 39) on implementing a social engagement intervention for children with autism. Semi-structured…
Descriptors: Autism, Evidence Based Practice, Semi Structured Interviews, Administrators
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Anderson, Ariana; Locke, Jill; Kretzmann, Mark; Kasari, Connie – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2016
Although children with autism spectrum disorder are frequently included in mainstream classrooms, it is not known how their social networks change compared to typically developing children and whether the factors predictive of this change may be unique. This study identified and compared predictors of social connectivity of children with and…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Elementary School Students, Autism
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Locke, Jill; Shih, Wendy; Kretzmann, Mark; Kasari, Connie – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2016
Little is known about the social behavior of children with and without autism spectrum disorder during recess. This study documented the naturally occurring recess engagement and peer interaction behaviors of children with and without autism spectrum disorder in inclusive school settings. Participants included 51 children with autism spectrum…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Playgrounds, Elementary School Students
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Iadarola, Suzannah; Hetherington, Susan; Clinton, Christopher; Dean, Michelle; Reisinger, Erica; Huynh, Linh; Locke, Jill; Conn, Kelly; Heinert, Sara; Kataoka, Sheryl; Harwood, Robin; Smith, Tristram; Mandell, David S.; Kasari, Connie – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2015
This study used qualitative methods to evaluate the perceptions of parents, educators, and school administrators in three large, urban school districts (Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Rochester) regarding services for children with autism spectrum disorder within the context of limited district resources. Facilitators followed a standard…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Urban Schools
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Locke, Jill; Rotheram-Fuller, Erin; Xie, Ming; Harker, Colleen; Mandell, David – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2014
Although social impairments are considered the hallmark deficit of autism, many behavioral intervention studies rely on cognitive functioning as a primary outcome. Fewer studies have examined whether changes in cognition are associated with changes in social functioning. This study examined whether cognitive gains among 192 students from 47…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Intervention, Behavior Modification