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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 10/2021

03-01-2021 | Original Paper

Randomized Controlled Trial of a Video Gaming-Based Social Skills Program for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Auteurs: Renae Beaumont, Hugh Walker, Jonathan Weiss, Kate Sofronoff

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 10/2021

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Abstract

Families often face financial and geographical barriers to services for children with autism. The current study explored the effectiveness of a parent-supported adaptation of the computer game-based social skills program Secret Agent Society (SAS). Seventy child-parent dyads were randomized to SAS (n = 35) or a caregiver-supported cognitive skills training game (CIA—control comparison; n = 35), both completed over 10 weeks. Child participants were on the autism spectrum and aged seven to 12 years (60 boys, 10 girls). SAS participants improved more than CIA participants on parent-rated social skills and problem behaviors and teacher-rated social skills. Findings suggest the intervention may be a convenient, cost-effective therapeutic approach, especially during times of restricted face-to-face service access, such as COVID-19.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Randomized Controlled Trial of a Video Gaming-Based Social Skills Program for Children on the Autism Spectrum
Auteurs
Renae Beaumont
Hugh Walker
Jonathan Weiss
Kate Sofronoff
Publicatiedatum
03-01-2021
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 10/2021
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04801-z