Digitally-Mediated Social Stories Support Children on the Autism Spectrum Adapting to a Change in a ‘Real-World’ Context

Elizabeth Smith, Aurora Constantin, Hilary Johnson, Mark Brosnan

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Social Stories™ (SS) is a widely used intervention for children on the autism spectrum. A preliminary survey of 103 practitioners highlighted that SS are often used to support adapting to a change. This study investigated the use of digitally-mediated SS to support ten children on the autism spectrum attending a school summer camp. Teacher perceptions of anxiety, understanding and closeness to the goal of the SS were assessed before and after the intervention (prior to the event). The pre- post-intervention comparisons highlighted significant improvements in child understanding, anxiety, and closeness to goal with medium-large effect sizes. The child’s understanding and closeness to SS goal post-intervention related to their difficulties with the SS goal and their anxiety during the event.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-526
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number2
Early online date9 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2021

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Funding Information:
The research was supported by the Leverhulme Trust, Grant Number RPG-2013-30. Acknowledgments

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