Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 299–321

Social Stories: Mechanisms of Effectiveness in Increasing Game Play Skills in Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder Using a Pretest Posttest Repeated Measures Randomized Control Group Design

  • Linda M. Quirmbach
  • Alan J. Lincoln
  • Monica J. Feinberg-Gizzo
  • Brooke R. Ingersoll
  • Siri M. Andrews
Original Paper

Abstract

An increasing body of literature has indicated that social stories are an effective way to teach individuals diagnosed with autism appropriate social behavior. This study compared two formats of a social story targeting the improvement of social skills during game play using a pretest posttest repeated measures randomized control group design. A total of 45 children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ages 7–14 were randomly assigned to standard, directive, or control story conditions. Results demonstrated that the standard and directive story formats were equally as effective in eliciting, generalizing and maintaining the targeted social skills in participants who had prior game play experience and Verbal Comprehension Index (VCI) scores from the WISC-IV intelligence test in the borderline range or above.

Keywords

Autism Asperger Social stories Intelligence Play 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda M. Quirmbach
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 5
  • Alan J. Lincoln
    • 1
    • 3
  • Monica J. Feinberg-Gizzo
    • 1
    • 3
  • Brooke R. Ingersoll
    • 4
  • Siri M. Andrews
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyAlliant International UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Yale Child Study CenterNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.The Center for Autism Research, Evaluation and ServiceSan DiegoUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyMichigan State UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  5. 5.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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