Parent-implemented behavioral skills training of social skills

Rebecca K. Dogan, Melissa L. King, Anthony T. Fischetti, Candice M. Lake, Therese L. Mathews, William J. Warzak

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Impairment in social skills is a primary feature of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Research indicates that social skills are intimately tied to social development and negative social consequences can persist if specific social behaviors are not acquired. The present study evaluated the effects of behavioral skills training (BST) on teaching four parents of children with ASDs to be social skills trainers. A nonconcurrent multiple baseline design across parent–child dyads was employed and direct observation was used to assess parent and child behaviors Results demonstrated substantial improvement in social skills teaching for all participants for trained and untrained skills. Ancillary measures of child performance indicated improvement in skills as well. High levels of correct teaching responses were maintained at a 1 month follow-up. This study extends current literature on BST while also providing a helpful, low-effort strategy to modify how parents can work with their children to improve their social skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-818
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • autism spectrum disorders
  • behavioral skills training
  • parent training
  • social skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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