Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Paper Session #150
Families of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Saturday, May 23, 2020
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 2, Room 206
Area: AUT
Instruction Level: Intermediate
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.
Let's DANCE: Strategies and Tactics to Increase Parent-Toddler Skills and Social Harmony
Domain: Applied Research
ISABEL L. CUNNINGHAM (University of North Texas), Marilu Michelly Cruz de Borba (Integra Comportamental; University of North Texas), Nina Lemelin (Early Autism Project), Meranda O'Gorman (University of North Texas), April Linden (University of North Texas; Easterseals North Texas), Shahla Susan Ala'i (University of North Texas), Jesus Rosales-Ruiz (University of North Texas)
Abstract: Sunny Starts is a parent training program and university service learning project developed by faculty and students at the University of North Texas. The mission of Sunny Starts is to enhance the quality of relationships within families who have children with autism. The training focuses on the teaching DANCE, a program that includes strategies and tactics for building mutually enjoyable teaching interactions between parents and toddlers. This presentation will give an overview of the DANCE and show charted responding before, during, and after DANCE training. Each of the three parent-toddler dyads showed changes in the frequency of parent teaching interactions, toddler turn taking, toddler social attending, and parent-toddler social harmony.



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