ERIC Number: EJ1021270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Assessing Social Skills in Early Elementary-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Social Skills Q-Sort
Locke, Jill; Kasari, Connie; Wood, Jeffrey J.
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v32 n1 p62-76 Feb 2014
This study employed a newly developed measure, the Social Skills Q-Sort (SSQ), to assess paraprofessionals' and teachers' reports of social skills for children with and without ASD. Paraprofessionals and teachers showed good rater-agreement on the SSQ. ROC curve analyses yielded an excellent profile of sensitivity and specificity for discriminating between children with ASD and typically developing children. The paraprofessional SSQ converged with objective ratings of playground social behavior; however, there was little evidence of convergence between SSQ scores and parent and teacher ratings on questionnaire measures. The SSQ may be effective in screening for ASD and the severity of ASD-related social communication challenges.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Elementary School Students, Rating Scales, Q Methodology, Interrater Reliability, Test Validity, Elementary School Teachers, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Correlation, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Social Skills Rating System