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Background:
During the Focus Groups phase of AIR-B II, school-related personnel identified the need for a social skills intervention. In response to this need, we created Remaking Recess.

Study:
Remaking Recess is an intervention that focuses on increasing social engagement between children with autism (ages 5-11 years old) and their typical peers during the less structured times of the school day. Trained interventionists work with school staff members (particularly the one-on-one aides) o employ strategies that will increase the quantity and quality of peer engagement. The interventions take place at school, on the playground during recess and lunch for 30 minutes over 8 weeks for a total of 14-16 sessions. Schools (6 per year at each site) are randomized to immediate treatment or waitlisted to receive intervention the following school year.

AIR-B coaches help the teaching staff and aides become more aware of a child’s level of peer engagement and then provide individualized and group level support as needed. The strategies in the intervention are not only designed to be helpful for children with autism but also for their peers. For example, one key strategy is providing developmentally and school appropriate conversational supports in the cafeteria in the form of fun “social menus” made available to all students by the lunchroom staff.  

To learn more about Remaking Recess, please visit: www.remakingrecess.org

Remaking Recess Booklet:

The purpose of the intervention is to improve the social inclusion of elementary aged children with autism spectrum disorder through facilitated interactions with their peers. This booklet provides school personnel with naturalistic strategies that can be used within their daily routine and interactions with their students with autism and his/her peers.

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