Title

Increasing Social Initiations During Shared Book Reading: An Intervention for Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Topics in Early Childhood Special Education

Volume

39

Issue

4

Publisher

Sage Publications, Inc.

Publication Date

12-12-2018

First Page

213

Last Page

225

Abstract

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often delayed in acquiring social initiation skills utilized during common early childhood activities. A multiple probe design was utilized to assess the efficacy of a shared book reading intervention to increase the independent commenting of three young children with ASD. The intervention resulted in participant’s acquisition of social commenting in the form of independent pointing and verbal commenting to gain social attention from an adult. The results suggest that young children with ASD can independently initiate social interactions during shared book reading when these behaviors are systematically taught and reinforced. Implications for practice and directions for future research aimed toward generalization and improving the implementation of shared book reading interventions are discussed.

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