Assessing and Improving Early Social Engagement in Infants

The authors reported on assessment of three young infants, ages 4, 7, and 9 months, who were assessed for affect, social interest, eye contact avoidance, and response to name. The authors investigated the feasibility of implementing an intervention to target social behaviors. Results demonstrated that consistently low or erratic levels of social behavior were evident throughout the baseline assessment period; these patterns could be improved with a brief intervention (a modified Pivotal Response Treatment) showing an immediate increase and stability of social engagement, and social engagement remained at a stable and high level at follow-up. The authors discussed the results terms of implications of early assessment and intervention for clinical populations, including infants with autism spectrum disorder.

Koegel, Lynn Kern, Singh, Anjileen K., Koegel, Robert L., Hollingsworth, Jessica R., and Bradshaw, Jessica. (2014). Assessing and Improving Early Social Engagement in Infants. Journal of Positive lBehavior Interventions, 16, 69-80.

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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