Social stories, written text cues, and video feedback: effects on social communication of children with autism

J Appl Behav Anal. 2001 Winter;34(4):425-46. doi: 10.1901/jaba.2001.34-425.


This study investigated the effects of written text and pictorial cuing with supplemental video feedback on the social communication of 5 students with autism and social deficits. Two peers without disabilities participated as social partners with each child with autism to form five triads. Treatment was implemented twice per week and consisted of 10 min of systematic instruction using visual stimuli, 10 min of social interaction, and 10 min of self-evaluation using video feedback. Results showed increases in targeted social communication skills when the treatment was implemented. Some generalized treatment effects were observed across untrained social behaviors, and 1 participant generalized improvements within the classroom. In addition, naive judges reported perceived improvements in the quality of reciprocal interactions. These findings support recommendations for using visually cued instruction to guide the social language development of young children with autism as they interact with peers without disabilities.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder / psychology
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy*
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Child
  • Communication*
  • Cues
  • Education
  • Feedback
  • Florida
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Observer Variation
  • Peer Group
  • Social Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Social Behavior Disorders / therapy*
  • Videotape Recording