ERIC Number: EJ813232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
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Brief Report: Feasibility of Social Cognition and Interaction Training for Adults with High Functioning Autism
Turner-Brown, Lauren M.; Perry, Timothy D.; Dichter, Gabriel S.; Bodfish, James W.; Penn, David L.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n9 p1777-1784 Oct 2008
The goal of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and utility of a group-based cognitive behavioral intervention to improve social-cognitive functioning in adults with high-functioning autism (HFA). We modified the treatment manual of a previously validated intervention, Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT), for optimal use with HFA adults (SCIT-A). We then conducted a pilot study to compare SCIT-A (n = 6) to treatment as usual (TAU) (n = 5) for adults with HFA. Feasibility was supported; attendance was high (92%) and satisfaction reports were primarily positive. Participants in SCIT-A showed significant improvement in theory-of-mind skills and trend level improvements in social communication skills; TAU participants did not show these improvements. Findings indicate SCIT-A shows promise as an intervention for adults with HFA.
Descriptors: Intervention, Adults, Autism, Social Cognition, Interpersonal Relationship, Interpersonal Competence, Feasibility Studies, Cognitive Restructuring, Behavior Modification
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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