Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 9, pp 2174–2189

Use of an iPad Play Story to Increase Play Dialogue of Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Linda C. Murdock
  • Jennifer Ganz
  • Jessica Crittendon
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-013-1770-6

Cite this article as:
Murdock, L.C., Ganz, J. & Crittendon, J. J Autism Dev Disord (2013) 43: 2174. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1770-6


An iPad play story was utilized to increase the pretend play skills of 4 preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders. The story utilized a series of video clips depicting toy figures producing scripted character dialogue, engaged in a pretend play vignette. A multiple baseline design across participants was utilized with play dialogue as the dependent variable. Three of the participants demonstrated increases in the target behavior with Nonoverlap of All Pairs analysis revealing moderate and strong effects across intervention phases. Effects were largely maintained during generalization opportunities with peers and during a 3-week follow-up condition.


Autism Language Play Intervention Scripting Computer-based intervention 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda C. Murdock
    • 1
  • Jennifer Ganz
    • 2
  • Jessica Crittendon
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of CSDUniversity of MontevalloMontevalloUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human DevelopmentTexas A & M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  3. 3.Mitchell’s PlaceBirminghamUSA

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