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

Cally Kent*, Reinie Cordier, Annette Joosten, Sarah Wilkes-Gillan, Anita Bundy

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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).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1823–1838
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume51
Issue number6
Early online date1 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021

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