Mothers’ and practitioners’ insights on the use of digitally-mediated social stories with children on the autism spectrum: a convergent mixed-methods study

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Abstract

Background

While end-user interest in digitally-mediated Social Story (SS) intervention for children on the autism spectrum is growing, research on the use of SSs in digital form is currently lacking.
Aims

This study aimed to investigate how digital-mediation can influence parents’ and practitioners’ attitudes towards the SS intervention as well as impact their perceived competence in their ability to administer the intervention.
Methods and procedures

This study used a convergent mixed-method design. Nineteen participants (ten practitioners and nine mothers) participated in two focus group sessions. Participants then engaged with a digitally-mediated SS and completed a pre- and post-engagement survey measuring attitude, competence and user experience with the intervention.
Outcomes and results

The mothers’ perceived competence ratings improved after engaging with digitally-mediated SSs. Mothers and practitioners also indicated that digitally-mediated SSs increased their perceived efficiency, while mothers felt it improved their autonomy and further empowered them as end-users.
Conclusion and implications

Digitally-mediated SS has the potential to effectively address challenges related to intervention implementation whilst also empowering further the end-user.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104104
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume119
Early online date6 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Oct 2021

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