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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 12/2020

13-04-2020 | Original Paper

Understanding Our Peers with Pablo: Exploring the Merit of an Autism Spectrum Disorder De-stigmatisation Programme Targeting Peers in Irish Early Education Mainstream Settings

Auteurs: Sonia Morris, Gary O’Reilly, Mitchell K. Byrne

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 12/2020

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Abstract

The political drive for inclusion means there are increasing numbers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) being educated alongside their neurotypical peers. Pervasive victimisation has prompted the development of peer interventions targeting stigma. This study evaluated the ‘Understanding Our Peers with Pablo’ programme for effects on knowledge, attitudes and behavioural intentions of infant schoolchildren (N = 222) towards autistic peers. Classes were randomly assigned to an intervention or waitlist control condition. Change over time in knowledge of autism and attitudes and behavioural intentions towards familiar and unfamiliar peers was analysed using mixed analyses of variance. The intervention condition showed gains in knowledge and increased positive attitudes towards unfamiliar autistic peers (maintained over three-months). There were significant improvements in attitudes towards familiar autistic peers, and time-limited decreases in behavioural intentions across both conditions. Overall, results support the use of this programme in early-years education.
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The authors acknowledge the current debate in the literature regarding the language of describing individuals who meet criteria for autism spectrum disorder and how language may accentuate stigma (see for example Gernsbacher 2017; Kenny et al. 2016; Robison 2019). This paper alternates between the use of person-first (e.g. person with autism) and identity-first (e.g. autistic person) language for those with and without autism, and between the terms autism, autism spectrum, and autism spectrum disorder.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Understanding Our Peers with Pablo: Exploring the Merit of an Autism Spectrum Disorder De-stigmatisation Programme Targeting Peers in Irish Early Education Mainstream Settings
Auteurs
Sonia Morris
Gary O’Reilly
Mitchell K. Byrne
Publicatiedatum
13-04-2020
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 12/2020
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04464-w