Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 242–250

The Social Orienting Continuum and Response Scale (SOC-RS): A Dimensional Measure for Preschool-aged Children

  • Matthew W. Mosconi
  • J. Steven Reznick
  • Gary Mesibov
  • Joseph Piven
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-008-0620-4

Cite this article as:
Mosconi, M.W., Steven Reznick, J., Mesibov, G. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2009) 39: 242. doi:10.1007/s10803-008-0620-4

Abstract

Children with autism show deficits in social referencing, joint attention, orienting to their names, and social smiling as early as the first year of life. The present study describes the development of the Social Orienting Continuum and Response Scale (SOC-RS), a quantitative scale assessing each of these behaviors during the course of video-recorded Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) sessions. The SOC-RS was shown to be reliable and valid, and when applied to a longitudinal sample of children studied at 2 and 4 years of age, was shown to be sensitive to decreased levels of social referencing, joint attention, orienting to name, and social smiling in autism. The implications of these findings and potential applications of the SOC-RS are discussed.

Keywords

Autism Development Social ADOS Joint attention 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew W. Mosconi
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. Steven Reznick
    • 1
  • Gary Mesibov
    • 1
  • Joseph Piven
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and PsychiatryUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Neuropsychiatric InstituteUniversity of Illinois-ChicagoChicagoUSA