Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Pui Fong Kan
Joint attention skills are important during development because they help children learn language and social competence. Often these skills are decreased in children with autism, depriving them of learning opportunities. The current study examined three children with autism who participated in treatment to increase their joint attention skills. Initiations of joint attention and responses to cues for joint attention were examined for each participant across two semester sessions of Story of Friendship, a social communication group at CU Boulder. Factors that influenced participants' joint attention behaviors included learning curves, prompt dependency, treatment intensity, and use of scripts and visual strategies. Factors that influenced all three participants included use of multisensory stimuli and the clinician's responsiveness. These findings are consistent with literature regarding learning, joint attention treatment, and cueing hierarchies used with children with autism. It is suggested that these influencing factors are considered in treatment plans for children with autism.
Zebrowski, Sarah, "Joint Attention Among Young Children with Autism and Their Typical Peers" (2014). Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 29.