Read the following scenario:
A high functioning 9-year-old child with autism spectrum disorder, Level 1 (i.e., IQ > 100, academic skills commensurate with age and grade placement) has apparent difficulty in initiating social interactions.
Evaluate each of the following interventions as a method of increasing social interaction: (a) imitation/modeling, (b) shaping, and (c) forward or backward chaining. What would you recommend as an intervention for this child, and why?
*In this week’s discussion, evaluate means discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each. What are the pros and cons of each? How is each approach used? Then make a recommendation and support.