ERIC Number: EJ999155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Improving Social Skills in Adolescents and Adults with Autism and Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability: A Review of the Literature
Walton, Katherine M.; Ingersoll, Brooke R.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v43 n3 p594-615 Mar 2013
Social skills are important treatment targets for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) across the lifespan. However, few treatments are available for adolescents and adults with ASD who also have severe to profound intellectual disability (S/PID). Several social skill interventions have been described that may improve social skills in this population, including video modeling, developmental, peer-mediated, behavioral, and structured teaching interventions. However, significant challenges in research design and methodology exist across these studies. This paper reviews research examining social skill interventions for youth and adults with ASD and S/PID and points out weaknesses and challenges in this literature. We propose a developmental framework of adapting early childhood interventions for use with youth and adults with ASD and S/PID as one starting point for intervention development.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Interpersonal Competence, Autism, Research Design, Video Technology, Skill Development, Severe Mental Retardation, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Adults, Intervention, Peer Influence, Teaching Methods, Research Methodology
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