The Effectiveness of Dohsa Method In Children With High Functioning Autism

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The Effectiveness of  Dohsa Method In Social Skills and Stereotypic Behaviors Improvement for Children With High Functioning Autism

**  Master course Thesis

Name: Aida Mohammadkhani

 Field of study: Clinical Psychology

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Mehrangiz Paivastegar

Thesis Reader: Dr. Asghar Dadkhah and Dr. Shokooh Alsadat Banigamali

Defense date: 2012,2,29

 

Abstract:

This study was designed to investigate the effectiveness of Dohsa intervention on stereotypic behavior and social skills of children with high functioning autism. The research was based on single subject method. seven children with high functioning autism (8 to 12 years old) were selected through voluntary accessible sampling of Autism Foundation members (n=46). Children were attended in a 8-session intervention that occurs 2 time in a week and each session was 55 minutes. Assessment was performed using Gilliam Autism Rating Scale and Autism Social Skills Profile. Data was analyzed by the effect size method, dependent and wilcoxon t. The results indicated significant difference in social skills and stereotypic behavior over time. Results showed that Dohsa intervention can improve social skills and reduced stereotypic behavior but it had no effect on Detrimental Social Behaviors. Follow-up assessment showed treatment result was continued.

 Key Words: Psychological rehabilitation method of Dohsa, Social skills,  Stereotypic behavior, High functioning autism

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