Can Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Llearn and Develop Social Skills in a Summer Camp?
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Researchers have studied methods of intervention that best help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) improve their social skills. There are many different approaches for intervention. This study investigates the efficiency of a summer program designed to improve the social skills of children with ASD. Clubhouse, a summer camp focused on improving the social skills of children with ASD, was created with the emphasis of visual support, structure, natural learning, individual help, and peer interaction. These components were drawn from the following five commonly known interventions: Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), The SCERTS Model, PECS, and Token Economy. Clubhouse focuses on the improvement of social skills for children with ASD. Clubhouse is the only summer camp in its surrounding area that collects data to report the improvements of each child throughout their camp time.