Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 32, Issue 6, pp 535–543

Decreasing Disruptive Behaviors of Children with Autism Using Social Stories

  • Dorothy Scattone
  • Susan M. Wilczynski
  • Ron P. Edwards
  • Brian Rabian

DOI: 10.1023/A:1021250813367

Cite this article as:
Scattone, D., Wilczynski, S.M., Edwards, R.P. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2002) 32: 535. doi:10.1023/A:1021250813367


Few studies have been conducted in the area of social stories, and the limitations of these studies (i.e., improper story construction and methodological confounds) raise questions about effectiveness of social story interventions. This study examined the effectiveness of properly constructed social stories that have been introduced into the natural environment to target the disruptive behavior of three children with autism. A multiple baseline design across participants was employed, and a decrease in disruptive behavior was evidenced when the intervention was implemented for all participants. Based on the results of the present research, future areas of investigation outlining the limitations and potential benefits of social stories were discussed.

Autismsocial storiesdisruptive behavior

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy Scattone
    • 1
  • Susan M. Wilczynski
    • 2
  • Ron P. Edwards
    • 3
  • Brian Rabian
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Mississippi Medical CenterUSA
  2. 2.University of Nebraska Medical CenterUSA
  3. 3.The University of Southern MississippiUSA
  4. 4.USA