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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2008 Oct;17(4):857-73, x. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2008.06.008.

Social skills training for youth with autism spectrum disorders.

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  • 1Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Indiana University, 2853 East Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47408, USA.


Social skill deficits are a pervasive and enduring feature of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As such, social skills training (SST) should be a critical component of programming for youth with ASD. A number of SST strategies exist, including those employing social stories, video modeling interventions, social problem solving, pivotal response training, scripting procedures, computer-based interventions, priming procedures, prompting procedures, and self-monitoring. This article summarizes each intervention strategy and provides results from several research studies. Social skills assessment is a crucial first step to SST, and a number of assessment measures are described. Meta-analytic reviews of the research provide further recommendations for successful SST programs.

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