The effects of social skills training on children with autism spectrum disorders and disruptive behavior disorders

Therese L. Mathews, Karyn N. Erkfritz-Gay, Jessica Knight, Blake M. Lancaster, Kevin A. Kupzyk

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Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and disruptive behavior disorders (DBD) have significant difficulties in social interactions. Although social skills training (SST) is often prescribed for children with ASD and DBD, research showing its effectiveness is still emerging. This study examined the effects of SST for children with ASD and DBD. Evaluation measures included the Social Skills Improvement System, direct observation of behaviors during role-play, and social validity ratings. Direct observation data showed that participants successfully acquired the skills during the group, and the skills were maintained 1-month posttreatment. Social validity data revealed the intervention was well-received.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-332
Number of pages22
JournalChildren's Health Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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