Date of Award

5-2013

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Jennifer Salgo Corie, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Abstract

This study sought to investigate the effect of an intervention program for joint attention on joint attention and expressive language skill. The participants were five males with autism spectrum disorders who were attending a reverse inclusion preschool in the southeastern United States. The investigator observed the participants in their classrooms over a five-week period. The most significant finding was variation in the participants’ joint attention and language behaviors. Only one participant showed improvement across the period of the study. One important clinical implication from this study is the idea that therapy for joint attention might be more effective in a natural setting instead of a therapy setting where the clients might only be giving responses in order to gain rewards.

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