Decreasing Disruptive Behaviors of Children with Autism Using Social Stories

Scattone, Dorothy; Wilczynski, Susan M.; Edwards, Ron P.; Rabian, Brian
December 2002
Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders;Dec2002, Vol. 32 Issue 6, p535
Academic Journal
Few studies have been conducted in the area of social stories, and the limitations of these studies (i.e., improper story construction and methodological confounds) raise questions about effectiveness of social story interventions. This study examined the effectiveness of properly constructed social stories that have been introduced into the natural environment to target the disruptive behavior of three children with autism. A multiple baseline design across participants was employed, and a decrease in disruptive behavior was evidenced when the intervention was implemented for all participants. Based on the results of the present research, future areas of investigation outlining the limitations and potential benefits of social stories were discussed.


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