The effect of intensive interaction intervention on the social interactions and communication of children with autism spectrum disorder

Document Type : Original Article


1 Islamic Azad University. psychology department

2 Department of Psychology, Islamic Azad University Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran.


Background and objects: Autism spectrum disorder is one of the disorders of growth, and so far, different methods have been developed to reduce its symptoms. In this research, the method of intensive interaction has been studied. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of intensive interaction intervention on social interactions and communication of children with autism spectrum disorder.
Method: This study is due to the use of a non-randomized, semi-experimental with control group and pretest, post-test. The population of this study included children with autism spectrum disorder that was selected by available sampling among the centers of autism in Ahvaz, Iran, and 11 children were randomly assigned to both experimental and control groups. The Gilliam Autism Scale (Gars) was used to measure the variables of the research. To analyze the results, descriptive statistics including mean and standard deviations of scores were used and the covariance analysis was used to control the interventional variables in the pretest.

Conclusion: According to the findings, the method of interactive interaction is effective on the social interaction dimension, but it is not effective on the communication. communication mainly involves the use of language and is more specific than interaction in general. Therefore, the effectiveness of this method was confirmed on social interaction but was not confirmed by social communication.
Kay words: autism, intensive interaction intervention, social interaction, communication


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