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A recent study - Peer Training Outperforms Traditional Autism Interventions – was conducted by educational psychologist Connie Kasari, Ph.D. from the UCLA Centre for Autism Research and Treatment to compare how children with developmental disabilities best learn social skills, either through one-on-one interaction with adults or in group settings with peers. It was found that when adults work one-on-one with children, it can deter natural interactions with the children’s peers.

 

The study took a look at 60 school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in grades one through five, and put them into four groups: (1) working with an adult one-on-one to practice social skills; (2) working with three “typically developing classmates” to develop social skills; (3) working with both an adult one-on-one and with classmates; and (4) no intervention but later participated in one of the three groups.

 

The researchers found that those children who participated in the groups involving peers had more social connectedness and were considered a “friend” on the playground. The peers chose them when playing games, and all were included. However, although there was less isolation, some interactions such as taking turns, and engaging in conversations and other activities, were not improved. And though there was much more inclusion, the children with ASD did not realize they had more friends.

 

Studies such as this one will help educators and parents better understand how to better fit children into the mainstream systems. Inclusion is such an important value, especially to us here at Snug Vest. Our vests were developed so that an individual can take control of regulating their sensory system and feel empowered, included and independent. Our Snug Vests were designed to be stylish, yet discreet, so that children may better fit in with their peers.

Written by Snug Vest — May 12, 2013

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