Effectiveness of an academic and behavioral remediation summer day camp on increasing the social skills of children with autism

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dc.contributor.advisor McIntosh, David E. (David Eugene)
dc.contributor.author Dunleavy, Leah
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-09T15:25:39Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-09T15:25:39Z
dc.date.created 2010-07-24 en_US
dc.date.issued 2010-07-24
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/193301
dc.description.abstract The current study focused on whether an academic and behavioral remediation summer day camp increased the social skills of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The camp implemented applied behavior analysis (ABA) to address behavior interfering with developing social skills and to increase appropriate social skills. Currently, few studies document the effectiveness of improving social skills at a summer camp program for children with ASDs. This study utilized a pre-post analysis for all participants to compare changes in social skills, as measured by the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) and the Home and Community Social Behavior Scales (HCSBS). The measures were completed by the mothers the week before the camp commenced and again during the last week of camp. Significant positive differences between pre- and post- camp response scores were found among social communication, social competence, and peer relations subscales. A significant negative difference was found on autistic mannerisms, antisocial behavior, and deviant/disruptive behavior subscales. This study suggests that an intensive summer camp program utilizing ABA can improve social skills in children with ASDs.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Special Education
dc.subject.lcsh Day camps.
dc.subject.lcsh Social skills in children.
dc.subject.lcsh Autistic children.
dc.title Effectiveness of an academic and behavioral remediation summer day camp on increasing the social skills of children with autism en_US
dc.title.alternative Autistic social skills
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1604327


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