Authors: Dykstra JR, Boyd BA, Watson LR, Crais ER, Baranek GT
Title: The impact of the Advancing Social-communication and Play (ASAP) intervention on preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder
Source: Autism 2012 16(1): 27-44
Year: 2012
Research Design: Single Case Design

This study evaluates an intervention targeting social-communication and play skills (Advancing Social-communication And Play; ASAP) implemented by school staff in a public preschool setting. With increases in enrollment of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in school systems, establishing the effectiveness and feasibility of interventions implemented in school settings is important. In clinical settings, interventions targeting social-communication and play behaviors have increased these skills and impacted later language abilities. Results of this single-case design study indicated the ASAP intervention had a positive impact on social-communication and play skills for three preschoolers with ASD. All participants showed either increases in frequency or more stability in targeted behaviors. Social validity results provide additional support for the use of ASAP with preschoolers with ASD. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved ©

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