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J Autism Dev Disord. 2010 Jul;40(7):827-42. doi: 10.1007/s10803-009-0932-z.

A randomized controlled study of parent-assisted Children's Friendship Training with children having autism spectrum disorders.

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UCLA Semel Institute For Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.

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  • J Autism Dev Disord. 2010 Jul;40(7):843.


This study evaluated Children's Friendship Training (CFT), a manualized parent-assisted intervention to improve social skills among second to fifth grade children with autism spectrum disorders. Comparison was made with a delayed treatment control group (DTC). Targeted skills included conversational skills, peer entry skills, developing friendship networks, good sportsmanship, good host behavior during play dates, and handling teasing. At post-testing, the CFT group was superior to the DTC group on parent measures of social skill and play date behavior, and child measures of popularity and loneliness, At 3-month follow-up, parent measures showed significant improvement from baseline. Post-hoc analysis indicated more than 87% of children receiving CFT showed reliable change on at least one measure at post-test and 66.7% after 3 months follow-up.

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