Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Paper Session #114
Power of Two: Sibling to Sibling Teaching for Teaching Social Skills to Children With Autism
Saturday, May 23, 2020
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Area: AUT
Chair: Elif Tekin-Iftar (Anadolu University)
Power of Two: Sibling to Sibling Teaching for Teaching Social Skills to Children With Autism
Domain: Applied Research
ELIF TEKIN-IFTAR (Anadolu University), Yasemin Gizem Yapıcı (Anadolu University)
Abstract: Siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) could be a valuable source for supporting their siblings with ASD. The study was designed to investigate the effects of a sibling coaching program for implementing social stories (SS) when teaching social skills to their sibling with ASD. The effects of SS delivered by siblings with typical development (TD) on teaching social skills to children with ASD were also investigated. Besides, maintenance and generalization effects of SS were tested. And also, social validity of the study was examined through subjective evaluation completed by the siblings’ mothers and siblings with TD. The study includes three children with autism (6 - 7 years old). Behavioral skill training implemented individually to teach siblings with TD about how to implement SS. A nested multiple probe design across participants used. Findings showed that siblings with TD learned to implement SS reliably through coaching and siblings with autism acquired, maintained and generalized their target skills. Moreover, both siblings with TD and autism maintained the acquired skills and generalized their skills to the novel situations. Social validity of the study was positive in general. Further studies are needed to support these findings.



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