ERIC Number: EJ1122089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Open-Trial Pilot Study of a Comprehensive Outpatient Psychosocial Treatment for Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
Lopata, Christopher; Lipinski, Alanna M.; Thomeer, Marcus L.; Rodgers, Jonathan D.; Donnelly, James P.; McDonald, Christin A.; Volker, Martin A.
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v21 n1 p108-116 Jan 2017
This study examined the feasibility and initial outcomes of a comprehensive outpatient psychosocial treatment (MAXout) for children aged 7-12 years with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. The 18-week treatment, two 90-minute sessions per week, included instruction and therapeutic activities targeting social/social communication skills, facial emotion recognition, non-literal language skills, and interest expansion. A behavioral system was implemented to reduce autism spectrum disorder symptoms and problem behaviors and increase skills acquisition and maintenance. Feasibility was supported via high levels of treatment fidelity and parent, child, and staff satisfaction. Significant post-treatment improvements were found for the children's non-literal language skills and facial emotion recognition skills, and parent and staff clinician ratings of targeted social/social communication skills, broad social skills, autism spectrum disorder symptoms, and problem behaviors. Results suggested that MAXout was feasible and may yield positive outcomes for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder.
Descriptors: Children, Preadolescents, Clinics, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Intervention, Therapy, Social Development, Communication Skills, Emotional Development, Language Skills, Student Interests, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Behavior Problems, Skill Development, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Asperger Syndrome, Intelligence Tests, Check Lists, Child Behavior, Rating Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children; Behavior Assessment System for Children