The training of a child with autism in a Greek preschool inclusive class through intensive interaction: A case study

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  • Department of Early Childhood Education
  • University of Athens


The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of intensive interaction during interactive play between a preschool boy with autism and his teacher and, as a consequence, improve the social interaction between the boy and a non-autistic girl in an inclusive class in Greece. A single subject ABA design was applied. Observed variables included changes in the frequency of initiations and responses of the two children. Results indicated significant improvement and post-training maintenance in the social interaction of the two children. Discussion of results in light of known research in autism is highlighted and implications are discussed.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-114
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Special Needs Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


  • autism, inclusive preschool education, intensive interaction, social interaction