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Effects of Computerized Leisure Education on Knowledge of Social Skills of Youth with Intellectual Disabilities

John Dattilo, Richard Williams, Lynne Cory


A single-subject multiple baseline across participants design was used to determine to what degree three boys with intellectual disabilities (ages 6-15 years) achieved objectives of a computerized leisure education program designed to present information about social skills relevant to leisure participation. Participants' mean baseline scores were below 60% and upon initiation of the intervention an immediate level change occurred followed by a gradual acceleration in scores until participants achieved the criterion of at least two consecutive sessions at 80%. Scores at follow-up were similar to scores toward the end of the intervention, providing support for maintenance up to six weeks post intervention. Results provide support for effects of the computerized leisure education program and identify the need for further research.


Leisure Education, Computer-assisted Instruction, Computers, Social Skills, Therapeutic Recreation, Disability

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