Use of Parent Mediated Activity-Based Intervention to Promote Joint Attention and Enhance Social Communication in a Toddler with Autism: An Exploratory Pilot StudyCarrie R Barnes Johnson, Angela Losardo*, Dawn C Botts and Thalia J Coleman
Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Angela Losardo
Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Beaver College of Health Sciences
Appalachian State University
730 Rivers Street – Edwin Duncan Hall
Boone, North Carolina 28608-2165, USA
Received date: November 25, 2015 Accepted date: January 18, 2016 Published date: January 26, 2016
Citation: Johnson CRB, Losardo A, Botts DC, Coleman TJ (2016) Use of Parent Mediated Activity-Based Intervention to Promote Joint Attention and Enhance Social Communication in a Toddler with Autism: An Exploratory Pilot Study. Commun Disord Deaf Stud Hearing Aids 4:150. doi: 10.4172/2375-4427.1000150
Copyright: © 2016 Johnson CRB, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This exploratory pilot study was focused on the effectiveness of using a parent mediated activity-based intervention approach to promote joint attention and stress-free social communicative interactions between a toddler with autism and his mother. Treatment sessions included activities in which the child interacted both with his parent and with an interventionist. Results indicated that teaching this mother how to use the intervention approach to establish joint attention in everyday activities resulted in improved social communicative interactions between the parent and child and reduced stress levels. Generalization of joint attention behaviors to different settings was observed, however, the child responded less consistently to the interventionist than to his mother. No significant improvement in the child’s overall language abilities occurred.