A Parent-Mediated Intervention: Joint Attention in Young Children with Autism
AuthorLoftis, Lauren Nicole
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractJoint attention is a critical developmental skill that plays a role in language and social development of young children. The present study investigated the pre- and post-intervention relations between eye gaze behaviors and joint attention in four young children diagnosed with autism. Participants' ages ranged from 24.1 to 37 months, with 1 female and 3 males. Data was collected for a 16-week parent-mediated intervention with measures on eye-tracking, joint attention, parent-child characteristics, and language development. Results showed significant correlations between children's mean number of fixations towards people's faces and overall joint attention post-intervention. Additionally, the total number of fixations made towards people's faces and eyes post-intervention was also significantly correlated. These results further support high relations between eye gaze behaviors and joint attention skills in children with autism. Implications for the effects of parent-mediated interventions are discussed.
Degree ProgramHonors College