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Long, Gregory A.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

Legacy Department

Department of Communicative Disorders


Autistic children; Brothers and sisters


This thesis focuses on examining the effects of a sibling workshop on siblings of individuals with autism. The goals of the workshop included: 1) To provide information about autism in order to promote a better understanding of the disability, 2) To promote better sibling relationships, 3) To create an environment specially designed for brothers and sisters of individuals with autism to share and learn together, and 4) To gain a better understanding of different therapies available to individuals who are autistic, such as adaptive physical education and therapy at the Northern Illinois University Speech and Hearing Clinic. Seven children from three families participated in the study. The workshop was held for six, one-and-a-half-hour sessions over a six-week time frame. Data were collected in the form of questionnaires and interviews. All participants and parents completed two questionnaires before the workshop began and then again within two weeks after the workshop was completed. Interview with all participants and parents were also conducted pre-workshop and post-workshop. Results from the questionnaires showed little change. However, analysis of interview data does reveal a positive response to the workshop. The discussion focused on the interviews as well as provided suggestions for future workshops.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [40]-41)


76 pages




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