Can We Play Together? A Closer Look at the Peers 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

Peer-mediated interventions (PMIs) are often used to support children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to develop social skills. However, more investigation is needed to better understand the role of peers as both intervention recipients and models. Sixty-five typically developing peers who participated in a PMI for children with ASD were investigated using a randomised control trial. Play sessions of the dyads were scored using the Test of Playfulness. Results showed a significant moderate intervention effect for the peers from pre- to post-intervention; outcomes for children with ASD were not influenced by peer characteristics; and, the children demonstrated a similar pattern of play interaction. Implications for practice are discussed. Clinical Trials Registry Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry, https://www.anzctr.org.au/ (ACTRN12615000008527; Universal Trial Number: U1111-1165-2708).

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Early online date10 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes

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