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Enhancing Social Skills in Adolescents with High Functioning Autism using Motor-based Role-play Intervention

Sharon A Gutman, Emily I Raphael-Greenfield, Neal Carlson, Rachel Friedman, Amanda Iger
2012 Open Journal of Occupational Therapy  
The purpose of this pilot study was to collect pilot data evaluating whether a motor-based role-play intervention using a canine animal assistant can enhance social skill use in two adolescents with HFA. A single subject ABA design across two participants was used. The intervention consisted of four 1-hour sessions over 4 weeks. The quality of social interaction was measured by the Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI) administered at baseline and the 3-month probe. Frequency of targeted
more » ... y of targeted social skill use was measured during baseline, intervention, and probe phases. Participant 1 experienced statistically significant increases in both ESI scores (p = .012, t = -5.488) from baseline to the 3-month probe. Participant 2 also experienced a statistically significant increase in ESI scores from baseline to probe (p = .002, t = -10.167), but he was unable to fully maintain these gains at the 3-month probe. This pilot study's findings suggest that the intervention produced positive effects in both participants and warrant further investigation.
doi:10.15453/2168-6408.1019 fatcat:exn7nol4obg4jklmvorym5eily