Training peers improves social outcomes for kids with ASD – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Comparing interventions suggest that peer-mediated, rather than child-focused strategies, can provide better outcomes when it comes to training for children with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Connie Kasari is from UCLA and the principle investigator of an NIH funded study.
Kasari: Generally we found that children were less connected to their classmates before the intervention. But afterwards if they received the peer intervention they were more likely to be connected to a peer group. And those connections stayed pretty close to the same even after we had left the school situation.
Narrator: Child-focused training may only be effective when paired with peer-mediated. For details, 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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