Masters Thesis

The effects of video peer modeling among preschool children with autism in the area of pretend play

Children with autism exhibit difficulties with attention deficits, play skills, communicative skills and repetitive behaviors. On occasion, lack of these skills may lead to being a social outcast among their peers. With guidance and modeling from peers of the same age, children with autism demonstrate improved social interactions and play among peers. This study examined the effects of a six-week peer video modeling intervention focused on the area of pretend play of two preschool children with autism. A total of four participants were involved in the study. Two typically developing participants with age-appropriate pretend play skills acted as peer models for the two participants who had an eligibility of autism. The findings revealed scattered gains in play and social engagement among preschool children with autism.