Authors: Kwon EY, Cannon JE, Knight VF, Mercer SH, Guardino C
Title: Effects of social stories on increasing social interaction and engagement of deaf and hard of hearing students with autism spectrum disorder in inclusive settings
Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2023 53(5): 1915-1929
Year: 2023
Research Design: Single Case Design

d/Deaf or hard of hearing (d/Dhh) students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may require specific approaches to promote social inclusion. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of reading social stories with American Sign Language vocabulary to students who are d/Dhh with ASD (d/Dhh-ASD) and their peers in inclusive settings, using a non-concurrent multiple baseline design across participants. To examine the effectiveness of the intervention, the frequency of four communicative social behaviors and the duration of social engagement with peers were recorded for each participant during lunchtime and recess. The results did not show an immediate effect across all participants. Implications for promoting social inclusion for students who are d/Dhh-ASD in general education classrooms are discussed.

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