Joint attention and joint engagement among minimally verbal children with autism: a review of JASPER and EMT for preschoolers
Benson, Courtney D., 1994-
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a pervasive developmental disorder with core deficits that impair communication, emotional development, and joint attention skills (Landa, Gross, Stuart, & Faherty, 2013). Joint attention skills have been shown to relate to expressive language development, and usually emerge later in children with ASD when compared to typically developing children (Paparella, Goods, Freeman, & Kasari (2011). By completing a literature review of the JASPER and EMT treatment methods, as well as a quasi-experimental study of the implementation of a JASP + EMT treatment on a three-year old minimally verbal boy with moderate ASD, it was found that significant improvements could be made in the duration of the Person Engaged joint engagement state over the course of twelve sessions. These results suggest that younger children than previously thought can show improvement from this type of treatment, and provide information about the training requirements that are needed.