Using Tactile Prompts to Increase Social-Communicative Skills with Children with Autism

Using Tactile Prompts to Increase Social-Communicative Skills with Children with Autism

Judah B. Axe (Simmons College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-878-1.ch016
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Abstract

Tactile prompts can be worn by children with autism to cue them to make social initiations to peers and make eye contact and respond to adults’ facial expressions. Two previous studies and this author’s research document the efficacy of tactile prompts. Teachers and therapists should use tactile prompts to increase social-communicative behavior with children with autism.
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Conclusion

A tactile prompt is a useful device for teaching children with autism spectrum disorders to make social initiations, eye contact, and responses to facial expressions. Its inconspicuousness makes it a non-stigmatizing intervention and there is some evidence that social communicative responses maintain once the tactile prompt has been faded. Teachers and therapists should use tactile prompts to increase social-communicative skills with their children with autism spectrum disorders.

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