ERIC Number: EJ1157192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Parent-Implemented Behavioral Skills Training of Social Skills
Dogan, Rebecca K.; King, Melissa L.; Fischetti, Anthony T.; Lake, Candice M.; Mathews, Therese L.; Warzak, William J.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v50 n4 p805-818 Fall 2017
Impairment in social skills is a primary feature of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Research indicates that social skills are intimately tied to social development and negative social consequences can persist if specific social behaviors are not acquired. The present study evaluated the effects of behavioral skills training (BST) on teaching four parents of children with ASDs to be social skills trainers. A nonconcurrent multiple baseline design across parent-child dyads was employed and direct observation was used to assess parent and child behaviors. Results demonstrated substantial improvement in social skills teaching for all participants for trained and untrained skills. Ancillary measures of child performance indicated improvement in skills as well. High levels of correct teaching responses were maintained at a 1 month follow-up. This study extends current literature on BST while also providing a helpful, low-effort strategy to modify how parents can work with their children to improve their social skills.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Skill Development, Interpersonal Competence, Training, Parents, Trainers, Parent Education, Observation, Performance, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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