Effects of Different Play Structures on Social Interactions between a Boy with Asperger's Syndrome and his Peers

Authors

  • David P. Loy
  • John Dattilo

Keywords:

Social Interaction, Play, Cooperative Games, Competitive Games, Therapeutic Recreation, Asperger's Syndrome

Abstract

A single-subject, alternating treatments design (ATD) was used to compare effects of free play, cooperative games, and competitive games on social interactions between a boy with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and 6 peers who did not have a disability. Results indicated that cooperative games were associated with the highest frequency of positive social interactions between the boy and his peers; cooperative games were also associated with the highest frequency of negative social interactions. Design considerations and issues related to providing inclusive play opportunities are discussed.

Published

2000-07-24

Issue

Section

Research Papers