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Behav Modif. 2012 May;36(3):361-77. doi: 10.1177/0145445512445609. Epub 2012 May 29.

Improving generalization of peer socialization gains in inclusive school settings using initiations training.

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University of California, Santa Barbara, 93106-9490, USA. lynnk@education.ucsb.edu

Abstract

Social engagement by children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in unstructured school settings generally occurs at very low levels, if at all. Although many interventions improve peer socialization, generalization and maintenance of such gains when interventions are faded are typically low. The present study employed a multiple baseline design across participants to target generalization in the absence of interventionists in elementary school children with ASD at recess. Teaching initiations has been suggested as one method to increase generalization. The results of the present study showed that when initiations were targeted during intervention for social play, the participants demonstrated generalized peer social engagement, increases in unprompted peer-directed initiations, and more positive affect during peer interactions. Results are discussed in terms of theoretical and applied implications of incorporating initiations training into social interventions.

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22645399
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PMC3761387
DOI:
10.1177/0145445512445609
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