Authors: Thorp DM, Stahmer AC, Schreibman L
Title: Effects of sociodramatic play training on children with autism
Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 1995 25(3): 265-282
Year: 1995
Research Design: Single Case Design

We assessed the effects of teaching sociodramatic play to three children with autism. The training was conducted using a variation of Pivotal Response Training (PRT), a program traditionally used to teach language to children with autism. Measures of play skills, social behavior, and language skills were obtained before treatment, after treatment, and at a follow-up period. The correlation between language and pretend play was explored, as was the relationship between sociodramatic play and social competence. Positive changes were observed in play, language, and social skills. These changes generalized across toys and settings, although little generalization to other play partners occurred. Effects of play training with children with autism and maintenance of behavior change is discussed. ©Springer

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