A randomized controlled trial of a play-based, peer-mediated pragmatic language intervention for children with autism

Lauren Parsons*, Reinie Cordier, Natalie Munro, Annette Joosten

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1960
Number of pages15
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume10
Issue numberAUG
Early online date27 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes

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