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Development of the Conversation Participation Rating Scale: Intervention Planning Implications for Two School-Age Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Timler, Geralyn R.; Boone, William J.; Bergmann, Amelia A.

doi: 10.1097/TLD.0000000000000021
Part 2. Autism and Concepts of Self

Purpose: School-age children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have pervasive challenges in social interactions with peers. This study examined the feasibility of eliciting children's perceptions of their conversation participation with peers for the purposes of assessment and intervention planning.

Methods: Two school-age children with ASD completed a newly developed self-report measure, the Conversation Participation Rating Scale (CPRS), designed for children and adolescents between the ages of 7 and 16 years, with social communication and peer interaction difficulties. Descriptive analyses examined agreement and discrepancy among child self-report, parent report, and standardized social language tests.

Results: Both children provided a range of responses on the CPRS, revealing participation strengths as well as awareness of specific activity limitations and participation restrictions. Both children scored within the normal range on a social language test, even though parent report measures revealed significant concerns with pragmatic language and social skills.

Discussion: The CPRS results contributed unique information to the assessment process. These results provide preliminary support for the feasibility of using a self-report conversation participation measure as a method for obtaining children's unique perspective of social communication activities and challenges in school settings.

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Departments of Speech Pathology and Audiology (Dr Timler) and Educational Psychology (Dr Boone), Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Miami University (Ms Bergmann), Oxford, Ohio.

Corresponding Author: Geralyn R. Timler, PhD, CCC-SLP, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Miami University, 2 Bachelor Hall, Oxford, OH 45056 (

The first author received Miami University College of Arts & Sciences Research Grant award. No other relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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