Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 37, Issue 10, pp 1960–1968

Social Skills Training for Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism

  • Jeanie Tse
  • Jack Strulovitch
  • Vicki Tagalakis
  • Linyan Meng
  • Eric Fombonne
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-006-0343-3

Cite this article as:
Tse, J., Strulovitch, J., Tagalakis, V. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2007) 37: 1960. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0343-3

Abstract

The effectiveness of a social skills training group for adolescents with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism (AS/HFA) was evaluated. Parents of six groups of adolescents (n = 46, 61% male, mean age 14.6) completed questionnaires immediately before and after the 12-week group. Parents and adolescents were surveyed regarding their experience with the group. Significant pre- to post-treatment gains were found on measures of both social competence and problem behaviors associated with AS/HFA. Effect sizes ranged from .34 to .72. Adolescents reported more perceived skill improvements than did parents. Parent-reported improvement suggests that social skills learned in group sessions generalize to settings outside the treatment group. Larger, controlled studies of social skills training groups would be valuable.

Keywords

Social skills trainingAdolescentsAsperger syndromeHigh-functioning autismPervasive developmental disorder

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeanie Tse
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jack Strulovitch
    • 1
  • Vicki Tagalakis
    • 1
  • Linyan Meng
    • 1
  • Eric Fombonne
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryMcGill University Health CenterMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryMontreal Children’s HospitalMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA