Evaluating effects of a social story intervention on a young girl with autism

Christine Norris, John Dattilo

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Abstract

There has been little evaluation of the effectiveness of social stories. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a social story intervention on the social behaviors of an 8-year-old girl with autism who attended an inclusive second-grade classroom. Several observations were used to establish a baseline level on her inappropriate social interactions that occurred during lunch (e.g., talking or singing to herself, making noises). Following baseline, individualized social stories that addressed her inappropriate social interactions, as well as appropriate alternative behaviors, were introduced to the girl. Although data were somewhat variable, her inappropriate social interactions during lunch decreased by approximately 50% from the first day to the last day of the social story intervention. This study provides insights into the relationship between a social story intervention and social behaviors occurring between a student with autism and her peers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-186
Number of pages7
JournalFocus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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