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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Enhancing Social and Transition Behaviors of Persons with Autism through Activity Schedules: A Review

Banda, D. R., & Grimmett, E. (2008).
Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 43(3), 324-333.

Indicators of Review Quality:

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

Description: This is a review of quantitative, peer-reviewed studies examining the effectiveness of activity schedules for children and adults with autism.

Question(s) Addressed:

  1.  Are activity schedules effective with persons with autism to enhance appropriate behaviors and/or to decrease inappropriate behaviors?
  2. Can the effects of activity schedules be generalized to other activities, persons, or settings?
  3. Are activity schedules socially valid interventions?

Population: Individuals with autism

Intervention/Assessment: Activity or picture schedules

Number of Studies Included: 13

Years Included: Not stated



  • Treatment
    • Cognition/Language
      • AAC
        • Activity Schedule - The reviewed studies support the use of activity schedules as an effective intervention to improve social, daily living, on-task, and transition behaviors in persons with autism (p. 328).

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Social Skills

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Added to Compendium: December 2011

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