Youth and Autism: The Effectiveness of Using Social Stories as A Behavioral Intervention and Its Implications for Educators

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are one of the fastest growing and costliest developmental disabilities in the United States. This growth, in addition to possible increases in special education referrals, demands a response by researchers to establish effective interventions for educating these individuals. Positive behavior support (PBS) interventions have been created to reduce problem behaviors and enhance prosocial behaviors in order to improve an individual‘s quality of life. This thesis explores a particular PBS intervention known as Social Stories. It will utilize existing research in order to determine the effectiveness of Social Stories as a behavioral intervention for children and adolescents with ASD. The particular future implications for educators using this approach will also be included.

Kimberley M. DeLuna
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