ERIC Number: EJ1059864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Community Trial of a Comprehensive Psychosocial Treatment for HFASDs
Lopata, Christopher; Toomey, Jennifer A.; Thomeer, Marcus L.; McDonald, Christin A.; Fox, Jeffery D.; Smith, Rachael A.; Meichenbaum, David L.; Volker, Martin A.; Lee, Gloria K.; Lipinski, Alanna M.
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v30 n2 p115-125 Jun 2015
This community effectiveness trial examined the feasibility and efficacy of a comprehensive psychosocial treatment for 28 children, aged 7 to 10 years with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASDs). Treatment included instruction and therapeutic activities targeting social skills, face-emotion recognition skills, interest expansion, and interpretation of non-literal language skills. A behavioral program was instituted to foster skills acquisition and reduce ASD symptoms and problem behaviors. Feasibility was supported in high levels of fidelity and satisfaction. Significant improvements were found for the children's non-literal language skills and parent ratings of target social and communicative skills, broader social performance, and ASD symptoms. Secondary staff ratings corroborated parent ratings. Results suggest that the treatment, when administered by a community agency, was feasible and yielded positive outcomes similar to prior randomized clinical trials (RCTs).
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Children, Intervention, Social Development, Skill Development, Emotional Response, Emotional Development, Nonverbal Communication, Interests, Language Skills, Behavior Modification, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Behavior Problems, Fidelity, Satisfaction, Parent Attitudes, Interpersonal Competence, Communication Skills, Asperger Syndrome, Expressive Language, Receptive Language
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; Behavior Assessment System for Children; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children