Alison Betz, Thomas S. Higbee, & Kara A. Reagon.
Using joint activity schedules to promote peer engagement in preschoolers with autism.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 2008,
We assessed the use of a joint activity schedule to increase peer engagement
for preschoolers with autism. We taught 3 dyads of preschoolers with autism
to follow joint activity schedules that cued both members of the pair to play a
sequence of interactive games together. Results indicated that joint activity
schedules increased peer engagement and the number of games completed
for all dyads. Schedule following was maintained without additional
prompting when activities were resequenced and when new games were
introduced for 2 of the 3 dyads.
DESCRIPTORS: activity schedules, autism, peer play, social interaction