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Including play in a social skills intervention for children with autism

Chester, Monica 2016, Including play in a social skills intervention for children with autism, DPsych(Clin) thesis, School of Psychology, Deakin University.

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Title Including play in a social skills intervention for children with autism
Author Chester, Monica
Institution Deakin University
School School of Psychology
Faculty Faculty of Health
Degree type Research doctorate
Degree name DPsych(Clin)
Thesis advisor McGillivray JaneORCID iD for McGillivray Jane orcid.org/0000-0003-2000-6488
Richdale, Amanda
Date submitted 2016-05
Keyword(s) Autism
Social skills training
Early intervention
social skills
Children
Summary Group-based social skills training (SST), is a common treatment for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - a condition characterised by social impairments. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an 8-week SST intervention with a play component (unstructured versus semi-structured) for children with ASD. Forty-five children aged 8 to 12 years participated in the study. Data were collected from a parent, teacher and the child at pre-test, post-test and at 3-month follow-up. Compared to a waitlist control group, children who participated in the SST intervention showed significant gains in social skills and social competence and they exhibited a reduction in social worries and emotional distress over time. Observational data during SST sessions, however, revealed that those in the unstructured play environment exhibited lower levels of social participation and engagement with peers compared to children assigned to semi-structured play.
Language eng
Field of Research 170109 - Personality, Abilities and Assessment 100%
Socio Economic Objective 920410 - Mental Health 100%
Description of original xix, 300 pages : tables, figures, some coloured, apendices
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Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30088968

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