Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Marjorie Charlop

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The effects of an Appropriate Play Intervention program, given to three children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, were evaluated through a multiple-baseline design across subjects. The research targeted two main skills, appropriate play and joint attention engagement, through the use of an Appropriate Play Intervention program. Children were taught the appropriate use of toys in play behavior with another individual, and measurements collected pre- and post-treatment were used to assess their progress. Upon introduction to the intervention, children showed a rapid increase in their acquisition of appropriate play skills and joint attention engagements, revealing a new perspective from which researchers can approach the deficiencies of joint attention skills in children with low-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.