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Sibling-Implemented Script Fading to Promote Play-Based Statements of Children with Autism


We trained three typically developing children to implement a script-fading procedure with their younger siblings with autism. The number of contextually appropriate statements made by the children with autism increased once treatment was initiated. Participants continued to emit higher levels of contextually appropriate statements after the scripts were completely faded and at a 4- or 11-week follow-up. The typically developing siblings were able to implement the script-fading procedure with high levels of fidelity.

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Correspondence to Jessica S. Akers.

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All procedures performed in this study were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its latter amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Implications for practice

• Young children with ASD often do not emit appropriate play statements while playing with toys.

• Script fading is an effective intervention for teaching children with ASD to emit play-based statements.

• Typically developing siblings can implement script fading with fidelity.

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Akers, J.S., Higbee, T.S., Pollard, J.S. et al. Sibling-Implemented Script Fading to Promote Play-Based Statements of Children with Autism. Behav Analysis Practice 11, 395–399 (2018).

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  • Script fading
  • Autism
  • Sibling
  • Play
  • Language