Authors: Dodd JL, Ocampo A, Kennedy KS
Title: Perspective taking through narratives: An intervention for students with ASD
Source: Communication Disorders Quarterly 2011 33(1): 23-33
Year: 2011
Research Design: Randomised Controlled Trial
Rating Score: 03/10
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Eligibility specified - N
Random allocation - Y
Concealed allocation - N
Baseline comparability - N
Blind subjects - N
Blind therapists - N
Blind assessors - N
Adequate follow-up - Y
Intention-to-treat analysis - N
Between-group comparisons - N
Point estimates and variability - Y

This study investigated the use of a narrative-based language intervention program for teaching perspective-taking skills to students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The participants consisted of 18 students between the ages of 9 years 7 months and 12 years 2 months (M = 10;8) who had a diagnosis of an ASD. Students received 500 minutes of either a narrative-based intervention that focused on teaching perspective taking (PTI) or a traditional narrative-based language intervention (NBLI) that focused on story elements and semantics. Intervention was provided in small groups consisting of five students and one speech-language pathologist. The participants who received the PTI demonstrated greater growth in their ability to retell the story from the perspective of different characters compared to those who participated in the NBLI. Clinical implications are included.

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