Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Speech and Hearing Sciences and University Honors
Speech and Hearing Sciences
Joint attention, Autism spectrum disorders, Interpersonal communication in children, Autistic children -- Behavior modification
Joint attention (JA) is an individual’s ability to share attention on an object or event with another person. JA has been identified as a core deficit for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Prior research has begun to explore how social communication interventions can affect joint attention skills for school aged children with ASD. The study at hand aimed to expand upon this area of scholarship by examining the effects of a social communication intervention, SocialSibs, that combined two evidence-based methods: video modeling (VM); and sibling-mediation; within the framework of Pivotal Response Teaching (PRT). Nineteen sibling dyads underwent the ten-week social communication intervention. Social communication behavior data was collected pre-treatment, post-treatment, and one month after intervention concluded. We found a decline in the frequency of JA behaviors from the end of treatment to the one-month follow up, but no significant change from the pre-treatment assessment to either the post-treatment assessment nor the one-month follow up. The implications for these findings are discussed.
McCafferty, Kali E., "SocialSibs: Effects of Hybrid Sibling-Mediated Intervention on Joint Attention for Children with ASD and their Neurotypical Siblings" (2018). University Honors Theses. Paper 651.