Journal of Autism

Journal of Autism

ISSN 2054-992X
Original Research

A pilot study of the meta-play method: a novel play intervention for toddlers with autism

Cooper R. Woodard1,2*, Jin Chung2 and Maggie Korn2

*Correspondence: Cooper R. Woodard cwoodard@grodencenter.org

1. The Groden Center, 86 Mt Hope Ave, Providence, RI, USA.

Author Affiliations

2. University of Rhode Island, Kingston, USA.

Abstract

The goal of this pilot study was to determine if interventions based on the Dynamic Behavior Theory of Autism (DBTA) could be generated. We selected one toddler with autism and confirmed the diagnosis with the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS), and created a set of interventions derived from this theory. Parents and family members were trained on sets of interventions in the initial two months of research, and these interventions were added to and revised as the study progressed for an additional four month period. Each month, researchers reviewed the integrity of interventions at once- or twice-monthly home visits, and recorded progress on a variety of measures. At the end of six months, the toddler was re-tested on the ADOS. Our results suggest that we were able to create interventions based on DBTA and while no causal relations can be reasonably put forth, improvements on outcome measures including the ADOS were documented. Limitations of the current research are discussed.

Keywords: Autism, early intervention, play therapy, behavioral intervention

ISSN 2054-992X
Volume 1
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