Effects of Different Play Structures on Social Interactions between a Boy with Asperger's Syndrome and his Peers
Keywords:Social Interaction, Play, Cooperative Games, Competitive Games, Therapeutic Recreation, Asperger's Syndrome
AbstractA 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.
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