Social communication skills are important to build strong social relationships that are psychologically rewarding. Autistic children have special needs when it comes to social communication therefore different evidence-based interventions are being used to support them. PMII is a systematic, evidence-based method for addressing the social-communication needs of children with ASD. Despite existing research on this practice, gaps remain in the implementation of PMII.
This study was an empirical review whose major purpose was to examine recent applications of this evidence-based practice and systematically assess the quality of the analytic approaches implemented. Recent studies selected for this review included participants with ASD and targeted social-communication skills. The SMRS was used to review the quality of the research studies, and the results suggest that PMII continues to be an effective practice.
These indicate through its findings that future research should focus on larger study Ns, particularly for those who are preschool-age, and include measures of generalization and maintenance as well as treatment integrity measures of peers’ actions. The effectiveness of PMII relative to positive developmental outcomes is discussed.