Publications by authors named "Emily F Ferguson"

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Social Interaction Skill Intervention for Autistic Adults with Intellectual Disability and Limited Language: A Pilot of the SKILL Program.

J Autism Dev Disord 2020 Aug 18. Epub 2020 Aug 18.

Koegel Autism Center, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.

There is a dearth of research that focuses on social intervention efforts for adults on the autism spectrum with intellectual disability and limited conversational language. Using a multiple baseline experimental design, this pilot investigation of the Socialization Knowledge for Individuals with Limited Language (SKILL) program evaluated a novel peer-facilitated group program specifically designed to target social interaction skills for this population. Findings from five pilot participants yielded evidence of social improvements across specific verbal skills (on-topicĀ conversational contributions and responses) and nonverbal behaviors (eye-contact, active listening), as evidenced by coded social conversation probes and parent-report measures. These findings demonstrate the promise of a socialization intervention for a population that has historically been neglected in the social intervention research literature.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04659-1DOI Listing
August 2020

Social language opportunities for preschoolers with autism: Insights from audio recordings in urban classrooms.

Autism 2020 07 22;24(5):1232-1245. Epub 2020 Jan 22.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA.

Lay Abstract: Early intervention is important for preschoolers on the autism spectrum, but little is known about early intervention classrooms in the community. This study found that children with better language skills and lower autism severity have more verbal interactions with their classmates, especially in classrooms with typically developing peers (inclusion settings). Findings suggest that natural language sampling is a useful method for characterizing autistic children and their early intervention settings. In addition, natural language sampling may have important implications for understanding individual opportunities for development in community early intervention settings.
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July 2020