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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Increasing the use of mental state terms in the personal narratives of adolescents with autism
by Hill, Abbie M., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 122; 10195532
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a personal narrative language intervention targeting theory of mind (ToM) in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Specifically, research questions addressed the efficacy of the intervention in improving personal narratives and mental state language in school-age children with ASD. A comparison between pretest and posttest was used to measure treatment outcomes after an intervention session lasting 8 sessions. Generalization of the intervention was addressed through a parent questionnaire. The intervention phase consisted of a personal narrative language intervention, which incorporated story grammar components and mental state term elaborations. Systematic modeling and prompting was used along with visual frameworks to target the production of mental state terms within accounts of personally relevant past events. Qualitative and quantitative data was collected and analyzed using researcher-generated materials. Results indicated that a narrative language intervention targeting ToM may be effective in improving personal narratives and mental state language in an individual with ASD.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sun, Lei
Commitee: Dayne, Nancy, Hung, Pei-Fang
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Speech-Language Pathology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Speech therapy, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder, Narrative, Theory of mind
Publication Number: 10195532
ISBN: 978-1-369-32022-0
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