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Matthews, Nicole L.; Goldberg, Wendy A. – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2018
The two prior studies that have examined associations between the sibling constellation and theory of mind in autism spectrum disorder yielded discrepant findings. Thus, efforts to better understand the sibling-theory of mind link in autism spectrum disorder are necessary. This study examined a sample of prekindergarten- and kindergarten-aged…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Kindergarten, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Pellecchia, Melanie; Connell, James E.; Kerns, Connor M.; Xie, Ming; Marcus, Steven C.; Mandell, David S. – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2016
This study examined the extent to which clinical and demographic characteristics predicted outcome for children with autism spectrum disorder. Participants included 152 students with autism spectrum disorder in 53 kindergarten-through-second-grade autism support classrooms in a large urban public school district. Associations between child…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Individual Characteristics, Outcomes of Treatment
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Ishizuka, Yuka; Yamamoto, Jun-ichi – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2016
Several studies have suggested that contingent adult imitation increase nonverbal communication, such as attention and proximity to adults, in children with autism spectrum disorders. However, few studies have shown the effect of contingent imitation on verbal communication. This study examined whether children with autism were able to promote…
Descriptors: Imitation, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Children
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Vaiouli, Potheini; Grimmet, Kharon; Ruich, Lawrence J. – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2015
Young children with autism spectrum disorder meet significant challenges in joint attention skills and in social communication. A child-centered, improvisational, music therapy intervention model was implemented to promote engagement in three young children with autism in a kindergarten classroom. A multiple baseline design compared the children's…
Descriptors: Autism, Young Children, Attention, Interpersonal Competence
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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
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Mandell, David S; Stahmer, Aubyn C; Shin, Sujie; Xie, Ming; Reisinger, Erica; Marcus, Steven C – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2013
This randomized field trial comparing Strategies for Teaching based on Autism Research and Structured Teaching enrolled educators in 33 kindergarten-through-second-grade autism support classrooms and 119 students, aged 5-8 years in the School District of Philadelphia. Students were assessed at the beginning and end of the academic year using the…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Autism, Kindergarten, Primary Education
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Whalen, Christina; Moss, Debbie; Ilan, Aaron B.; Vaupel, Manya; Fielding, Paul; MacDonald, Kevin; Cernich, Shannon; Symon, Jennifer – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2010
Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) has shown increased popularity recently and there are many studies showing promise for this approach for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). However, there are no between-subject studies to date assessing the efficacy of CAI with this population. In this study, 47 preschool and K-1 students in ASD…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Autism, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software
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Jahr, Erik; Eikeseth, Svein; Eldevik, Sigmund; Aase, Heidi – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2007
This study investigated the frequency and latency of naturally occurring social interaction with typically developing children and those with autism in inclusive kindergarten settings. The children with autism were also subdivided into two groups according to intellectual functioning in order to analyze frequency and latency of social interaction…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Intelligence
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Anderson, Angelika; Moore, Dennis W.; Godfrey, Rebecca; Fletcher-Flinn, Claire M. – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2004
Poor social functioning and limited play are characteristic of children with autism. Increasingly, education for children with autism is provided within mainstream settings, but given their particular difficulties, the adequate provision of educational services in such settings is challenging. This study presents observational data of the play…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Play, Playgrounds