ERIC Number: EJ775110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Social Development in Individuals with High Functioning Autism and Asperger Disorder
Koegel, Robert L.
Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), v32 n2 p140-141 Sum 2007
Until recently, and even in many current research circles, social behavior in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (including those with high functioning autism or Asperger disorder) was considered to be unmodifiable. Mundy, Henderson, Inge, and Coman and McGee and Daly shed new light on this concept of intractability, suggesting that environmental interventions such as incidental teaching or pivotal response treatment might be able to modify cornerstone pivotal areas of the disorder, resulting in widespread and steady improvements in social development. McGee and Daly provide data to show how interventions can be developed to teach social communication skills that can help individuals with autism fit in with their peers within inclusive educational environments. Such favorable social interactions can result in not only improved social skills, but also in friendship developments. In this article, the author discusses the seeming possibility that within the relatively near future, a once seemingly intractable neurological disability such as severe social impairment in high functioning autism or Asperger disorder might have the potential to one day become essentially cured through interventions at both the behavioral and the physiological levels.
Descriptors: Social Behavior, Social Development, Communication Skills, Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Intervention, Inclusive Schools, Peer Relationship, Friendship, Physiology, Neurology
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