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J Autism Dev Disord. 2017 Feb;47(2):243-259. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2949-4.

An Evaluation of a Behaviorally Based Social Skills Group for Individuals Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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1
Autism Partnership Foundation, 200 Marina Drive, Seal Beach, CA, 90740, USA. Jblautpar@aol.com.
2
Autism Partnership Foundation, 200 Marina Drive, Seal Beach, CA, 90740, USA.
3
Vanderbilt Peabody College, 416B One Magnolia, Circle VU Mailbox, 228, Nashville, TN, USA.

Abstract

In this study we evaluated a social skills group which employed a progressive applied behavior analysis model for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. A randomized control trial was utilized; eight participants were randomly assigned to a treatment group and seven participants were randomly assigned to a waitlist control group. The social skills group consisted of 32, 2 h sessions. Teachers implemented a variety of behaviorally based procedures. A blind evaluator measured participants' behavior immediately prior to intervention, immediately following intervention, and during 16 and 32-week maintenance probes. Results of the study demonstrated that participants made significant improvements with their social behavior (p < .001) following intervention, and the results were maintained up to 32 weeks after intervention had concluded.

KEYWORDS:

Applied behavior analysis; Autism; Progressive ABA; Social skills; Social skills groups

PMID:
27807755
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-016-2949-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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