Volume 5, Issue 4 (Winter 2011)
Social Skills Interventions for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder
By Jillian M. Bellinger, Emily H. Perlman, & James C. DiPerna
ABSTRACT: Given that social skill difficulties are one of the defining features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), effective interventions ameliorating social skills deficits have potential to benefit children with ASD and their families. Fortunately, researchers are continually developing and examining techniques that support this population and produce beneficial, generalizable, and lasting social skill gains. The present study presents a systematic review of 21 single-case and 11 group design studies evaluating the effectiveness of social skills interventions for individuals with ASD. Specific information regarding targeted behaviors, intervention techniques, and calculated effect sizes are reported. In addition, intervention methods that led to the most effective outcomes are highlighted.