Piloting the use of experience sampling method to investigate the everyday social experiences of children with Asperger syndrome/high functioning autism

Reinie Cordier*, Nicole Brown, Yu Wei Chen, Sarah Wilkes-Gillan, Torbjorn Falkmer

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Abstract

Objective: This pilot study explored the nature and quality of social experiences of children with Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism (AS/HFA) through experience sampling method (ESM) while participating in everyday activities. Methods: ESM was used to identify the contexts and content of daily life experiences. Six children with AS/HFA (aged 8-12) wore an iPod Touch on seven consecutive days, while being signalled to complete a short survey. Results: Participants were in the company of others 88.3% of their waking time, spent 69.0% of their time with family and 3.8% with friends, but only conversed with others 26.8% of the time. Participants had more positive experiences and emotions when they were with friends compared with other company. Participating in leisure activities was associated with enjoyment, interest in the occasion, and having positive emotions. Conclusions: ESM was found to be helpful in identifying the nature and quality of social experiences of children with AS/HFA from their perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-110
Number of pages8
JournalDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation
Volume19
Issue number2
Early online date19 May 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes

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