ERIC Number: EJ1019559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Long-Term Outcomes of Parent-Assisted Social Skills Intervention for High-Functioning Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Mandelberg, Josh; Frankel, Fred; Cunningham, Tina; Gorospe, Clarissa; Laugeson, Elizabeth A.
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v18 n3 p255-263 Apr 2014
This study aims to evaluate the long-term outcome of Children's Friendship Training, a parent-assisted social skills intervention for children. Prior research has shown Children's Friendship Training to be superior to wait-list control with maintenance of gains at 3-month follow-up. Participants were families of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder who completed Children's Friendship Training 1-5 years earlier. They were recruited through mail, phone, and email. Information collected included parent and child completed questionnaires and a phone interview. Data were collected on 24 of 52 potential participants (46%). With an average of 35-month follow-up, participants had a mean age of 12.6 years. Results indicated that participants at follow-up were invited on significantly more play dates, showed less play date conflict, improved significantly in parent-reported social skills and problem behaviors, and demonstrated marginally significant decreases in loneliness when compared to pre-Children's Friendship Training.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Skill Development, Interpersonal Competence, Friendship, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Questionnaires, Interviews, Followup Studies, Peer Relationship, Behavior Problems, Behavior Modification, Psychological Patterns, Elementary School Students, Parents, Pretests Posttests, Socioeconomic Status, Intelligence, Mixed Methods Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Hollingshead Social Economic Status Measures; Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; Social Skills Rating System; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
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