Authors: Koegel LK, Park MN, Koegel RL
Title: Using Self-Management to Improve the Reciprocal Social Conversation of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2014 44(5): 1055-1063
Year: 2014
Research Design: Single Case Design

Individuals with autism spectrum disorders often exhibit difficulties with reciprocal social conversation, engaging in limited verbal exchanges, even when language structures are intact. This study employed a multiple baseline design to examine the effectiveness of a self-management intervention targeting (1) on-topic responsiveness to a conversational partner; (2) expansion of the conversational topic; and (3) on-topic question asking. Results demonstrated improved reciprocal social conversation through elaborated responses and on-topic question asking, which generalized and maintained. Social validity measures by naive observers indicated that the intervention led to meaningful improvements during conversation, including interest, naturalness, and desirability as a conversational partner. ©Springer

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