Training peers improves social outcomes for kids with ASD – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. An NIH funded study has compared training interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder.
Kasari: So in one situation we had a skilled adult or therapist work with the child on particular skills that they were having difficulty with.
Narrator: Dr. Connie Kasari is from UCLA and the principle investigator for the study.
Kasari: Or we chose three typical peers in the classrooms to actually help all children in the class who might be having social difficulties.
Narrator: Findings suggest that peer-mediated interventions can provide better outcomes than child-focused strategies. Researchers saw better connections to a peer group. For details on this research, visit www.nimh.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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