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J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Feb;46(2):658-72. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2600-9.

Improvement in Social Competence Using a Randomized Trial of a Theatre Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Author information

1
Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University, PMB 40, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN, 37203, USA. blythe.corbett@vanderbilt.edu.
2
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA. blythe.corbett@vanderbilt.edu.
3
Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA. blythe.corbett@vanderbilt.edu.
4
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA.
5
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA.
6
Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University, PMB 40, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN, 37203, USA.
7
Department of Psychoeducation and Psychology in Quebec, University of Quebec in Outaouais, Gatineau, Canada.
8
Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA.
9
University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN, USA.
10
Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA.

Abstract

The efficacy of a peer-mediated, theatre-based intervention on social competence in participants with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was tested. Thirty 8-to-14 year-olds with ASD were randomly assigned to the treatment (n = 17) or a wait-list control (n = 13) group. Immediately after treatment, group effects were seen on social ability, (d = .77), communication symptoms (d = -.86), group play with toys in the company of peers (d = .77), immediate memory of faces as measured by neuropsychological (d = .75) and ERP methods (d = .93), delayed memory for faces (d = .98), and theory of mind (d = .99). At the 2 month follow-up period, group effects were detected on communication symptoms (d = .82). The results of this pilot clinical trial provide initial support for the efficacy of the theatre-based intervention.

KEYWORDS:

Autism; Cognition; ERP; Faces; Social competence; Theatre

PMID:
26419766
PMCID:
PMC5633031
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-015-2600-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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