A randomized controlled trial of a play-based, peer-mediated pragmatic language intervention for children with autism
Lauren Parsons, Reinie Cordier, Natalie Munro and Annette Joosten. (2019) A randomized controlled trial of a play-based, peer-mediated pragmatic language intervention for children with autism. Frontiers in Psychology. 10(1960), pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01960
|Authors||Lauren Parsons, Reinie Cordier, Natalie Munro and Annette Joosten|
Purpose: This randomized controlled trial evaluated the effectiveness of a play-based pragmatic language intervention for children with autism.
Methods: A sample of 71 children with autism were randomized to an intervention-first group (n = 28 analyzed) or waitlist-first (n = 34 analyzed) group. Children attended 10, weekly clinic play-sessions with a typically developing peer, and parents mediated practice components at home. The Pragmatics Observational Measure (POM-2) and the Social Emotional Evaluation (SEE) evaluated pragmatics before, after and 3-months following the intervention.
Results: POM-2 gains were greatest for intervention-first participants (p = 0.031, d = 0.57). Treatment effects were maintained at 3-month follow-up (p < 0.001–0.05, d = 0.49–0.64). POM-2 scores were not significantly different in the clinic and home settings at follow-up.
Conclusion: Findings support the combination of play, peer-mediation, video-feedback and parent training to enhance pragmatic language in children with autism.
|Keywords||social communication; video-modeling; intervention development; school-age; autism (ASD)|
|Journal||Frontiers in Psychology|
|Journal citation||10 (1960), pp. 1-15|
|Publisher||Frontiers Media S.A.|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01960|
|Open access||Published as ‘gold’ (paid) open access|
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|Deposited||20 Apr 2021|
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