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THE IMPACT OF PEER PLAY INTERVENTION ON THE COMMUNICATIVE INTENTS OF A CHILD WITH AUTISM: A CASE STUDY

by WEIR, CARRIE KESSLER

Abstract (Summary)
This study investigated the impact of a home peer play intervention program on the communication intents of a child with autism. The study focused on four baseline peer play sessions between a young boy with autism and his normally developing peer. The videotapes of the sessions were transcribed and the interactions of the child with autism were coded based on eleven verbal and nonverbal communication intents, which were derived from related literature. The communication intents were divided into three categories; behavior regulation, joint attention, and social interaction. After the transcriptions were coded, the data were evaluated. The results indicated some changes in the types of communication intents used by the child with autism across the four baseline peer play sessions. His use of behavior regulation communication intents decreased from 37.1% to 24.9% across the four sessions. Concurrently, the child with autism's use of social interaction communication intents increased from 20.3% to 25.4% across the four baseline sessions. The use of joint attention communication intents did not show a trend of increasing or decreasing across the sessions. Implications of this research and limitations to this study were discussed.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:autism peer play intervention communication intents

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Date of Publication:01/01/2002

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