Monday, June 6, 2011

Focus on the Positive

Recent research was published on the benefits of focusing on the positive traits in children with autism. An alternating treatment design was used with parents of children with autism. One intervention stressed the negative aspects of a child's disability and the other intervention focused on a child's strengths. The results indicated that the intervention that highlighted the strengths of the child resulted in the following:
1. Improved parental affect
2. Increased positive statements from parents about their children
3. Increased physical affection from parent to child

Would love to see research on this topic with regards to motor skill development.

Reference: Amanda Mossman Steiner. A Strength-Based Approach to Parent Education for Children With Autism. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions July 2011 vol. 13 no. 3 178-190

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