Social skills training for adolescents with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism

Jeanie Tse, Jack Strulovitch, Vicki Tagalakis, Linyan Meng, Eric Fombonne

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Abstract

The effectiveness of a social skills training group for adolescents with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism (AS/HFA) was evaluated. Parents of six groups of adolescents (n = 46, 61% male, mean age 14.6) completed questionnaires immediately before and after the 12-week group. Parents and adolescents were surveyed regarding their experience with the group. Significant pre- to post-treatment gains were found on measures of both social competence and problem behaviors associated with AS/HFA. Effect sizes ranged from .34 to .72. Adolescents reported more perceived skill improvements than did parents. Parent-reported improvement suggests that social skills learned in group sessions generalize to settings outside the treatment group. Larger, controlled studies of social skills training groups would be valuable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1960-1968
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of autism and developmental disorders
Volume37
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Asperger syndrome
  • High-functioning autism
  • Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Social skills training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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