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ERIC Number: EJ932162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
The Efficacy of a Social Skills Group Intervention for Improving Social Behaviors in Children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders
DeRosier, Melissa E.; Swick, Danielle C.; Davis, Naomi Ornstein; McMillen, Janey Sturtz; Matthews, Rebecca
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v41 n8 p1033-1043 Aug 2011
This study tested the efficacy of a new social skills intervention, "S ocial S kills GR oup IN tervention-High Functioning Autism" ("S.S.GRIN-HFA"), designed to improve social behaviors in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders. Fifty-five children were randomly assigned to "S.S.GRIN-HFA" treatment (n = 27) or control (i.e., traditional "S.S.GRIN" intervention; n = 28). Examination of the direction and magnitude of change in functioning revealed that children who participated in "S.S.GRIN-HFA" exhibited significantly greater mastery of social skill concepts compared to children in the control group. Parents of "S.S.GRIN-HFA" group participants reported an improved sense of social self-efficacy, whereas parents of control participants reported a decline. The advantages of a specialized intervention such as "S.S.GRIN-HFA", designed specifically for children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders, are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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