A Pilot Randomised Control Trial of Digitally-Mediated Social Stories for Children on the Autism Spectrum

R. Hanrahan, E. Smith, H. Johnson, A. Constantin, M. Brosnan

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Abstract

Social stories is a widely used intervention for children on the autism spectrum, particularly within an educational context. To date, systematic reviews and meta analyses of the research evaluating social stories has produced mixed results, often due to a lack of methodological rigour and variability in the development and delivery of the social stories. To address the gap in methodological rigour, a pilot Randomised Control Trial (RCT) was conducted, incorporating a social stories intervention group (n = 9 children on the autism spectrum) and an attentional control group who received a poem (n = 6 children on the autism spectrum) using a digital platform to address variability. Digitally-mediated social stories were found to be effective in producing beneficial changes in behaviour outcomes, which were sustained at a six-week follow up.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4243–4257
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume50
Issue number12
Early online date7 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Social stories
  • Technology
  • RCT

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