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An evaluation of the Attention Autism programme for secondary aged children with autism in a mainstream setting

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The author was involved in training professionals to use the principles of the Attention Autism intervention designed by Gina Davies ( with secondary aged youngsters on the autism spectrum. In particular, she was interested in evaluating the effect of the intervention on the students' social skills and on behaviours which were of concern to others. Social skills and 'problem behaviours' were measured on the Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS), (Gresham and Elliott, 2008). Data were gathered before the programme started and again when it was completed. There were some gains in social skills as measured on the SSIS and a reduction in the scores in the four 'problem behaviour' domains. Teaching staff were also asked to evaluate the training model and the development of their students during the research period. The sample size was small and there was no comparison group so that it is not possible to claim that it was the PPSSP intervention which led to the change in these scores but the results were in the expected direction. There is a need for more studies with larger samples, other measures and a comparison group to ascertain the effects of Attention Autism principles and practice with secondary aged youngsters with autism and it is hoped that other readers of the GAP Journal will engage in this work and report their findings.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2015

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