Use of a Computer-Based Social Skills Intervention, Adventures Aboard the S.S. GRIN, to Improve Appropriate Vocalizations, With an Elementary Student With Autism.

Date of Award

Fall 12-14-2023

Document Type

Project Abstract (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in School Psychology


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Amber Visina


Computer-based intervention, Social skills, Autism



The purpose of this project was to evaluate the effects of a computer-based social skills intervention, called The Adventures Aboard the S.S. GRIN, on decreasing an eleven-year-old male with autism’s yelling behaviors and increasing his use of socially appropriate words to express needs and wants. These behaviors were rated daily with an Individual Behavior Rating Scale Tool (IBRST). The computer program, Adventures Aboard the S.S. GRIN was used to present lessons and role-play scenarios, in which the student chose the best option for the character to respond. Core skills were addressed, including respect, self-management, responsibility, communication, self-awareness, friendship, corporation, and emotional regulation. Quizzes given at the end of each lesson were rated Emerging, Improving, or Proficient. This intervention was used 2-3 days a week for 20 minutes. The results of the S.S. GRIN intervention showed some progress with a slight decrease in the target behaviors throughout the intervention period, as rated on the IBRST. Results on the core skill quiz showed 7 out of 8 skills as Improving.

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