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A Research Synthesis of Social Story Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sansosti, F. J., Powell-Smith, K. A., et al. (2004).
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 19(4), 194–204.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided No
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication No
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible No

Description: This is a review of published studies available on PsycINFO and the ERIC databases examining the effectiveness of social story interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Children with autism spectrum disorder

Intervention/Assessment: Social story intervention

Number of Studies Included: 8

Years Included: Not stated

Findings:

Conclusions:

  • Treatment
    • Cognition-Language
      • Social Stories - The author suggests that while studies indicate positive effects for the use of social stories intervention, this intervention should not yet be considered evidence-based. Future research in social stories from well-designed studies is warranted.

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Social Skills

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Added to Compendium: August 2010

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