Can I Learn to Play? Randomized Control Trial to Assess Effectiveness of a Peer-Mediated Intervention to Improve Play in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Kent, Cally, Cordier, Reinie, Joosten, Annette, Wilkes-Gillan, Sarah and Bundy, Anita (2020) Can I Learn to Play? Randomized Control Trial to Assess Effectiveness of a Peer-Mediated Intervention to Improve Play in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. ISSN 0162-3257 (In Press)

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Abstract

Play is often used in interventions to improve social outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Play is a primary occupation of childhood and, therefore, an important outcome of intervention. The Ultimate Guide to Play, Language and Friendship (PLF) is a peer-mediated intervention for 6–11-year-old children with ASD. A total of 68 dyads were randomized to either a 10-week treatment first or waitlist control group. Results revealed a significant moderate intervention effect from pre- to post-intervention, which was maintained to the 3-month follow-up clinic session and generalized to the home environment. The findings support that the PLF intervention can be used to positively improve play in 6–11-year-old children with ASD. Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry, https://www.anzctr.org.au/ (ACTRN12615000008527; Universal Trial Number: U1111-1165-2708).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autism, Play, Intervention, Video modeling
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2020 13:24
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2020 08:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44455

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