Date of Award

8-15-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

School Psychology

First Advisor

Patricia Egan

Abstract

This paper explores Gray’s Social Stories when used with children and adolescence with Autism Spectrum Disorders when considering different components in the Social StoryTM package. Social StoriesTM have been utilized in many settings over the years to help individuals learn desired behavior when encountering new or difficult situations. In particular, this behavioral intervention is frequently used within the ASD population to address their difficulty with Theory of Mind or understanding and interpretation of situations, or others thoughts, feelings, or emotions. The literature pertaining to these peer-reviewed published articles is reviewed. Overall findings of effectiveness, contributions of different Social StoryTM components, directions for future research, and considerations for future implementation are discussed.

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