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ERIC Number: EJ910635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1088-3576
Group Social Skills Instruction for Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders
White, Susan W.; Koenig, Kathleen; Scahill, Lawrence
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v25 n4 p209-219 Dec 2010
Given the increased recognition of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the chronic and pervasive nature of associated deficits, there is a pressing need for effective treatments. The feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a structured, group social skills training program for high-functioning youth with ASD was examined in this study. Fifteen participants (14 boys and 1 girl; age M = 12.55 years [plus or minus] 1 year) completed a 16-week outpatient group-based intervention. The structured treatment was acceptable to families based on session attendance (89%) and postgroup satisfaction ratings. Treatment integrity was acceptable. Nine participants demonstrated significant improvement based on reliable change indices. Gains were not, however, uniform across school and home, nor were they consistently maintained following treatment. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia