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Few studies have been conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of social stories. Studies conducted to date have combined social stories with other intervention tactics, such as behavioral supports, picture prompts, and video modeling. They have found these social stories therapy packages effective in teaching alternatives to challenging behaviors. This experiment investigated the effects of social stories written according to Gray (1998) to address problem behaviors that are not being addressed by other interventions for three children with autism. On-task behavior increased following implementation of the social story intervention. Providing a pictorial version of the social story resulted in further improvement in on-task behavior for one participant and may have facilitated maintenance for the second participant.
Social Stories, Visual Auditory Support Systems, Autism
Date of Defense
June 20, 2005.
A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Communication Disorders in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science.
Includes bibliographical references.
Florida State University
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