Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 39, Issue 8, pp 1163–1172

Group Intervention to Promote Social Skills in School-age Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Reconsidering Efficacy

  • Kathleen Koenig
  • Andres De Los Reyes
  • Domenic Cicchetti
  • Lawrence Scahill
  • Ami Klin
Original Paper

Abstract

A consistent result in the evaluation of group-delivered intervention to promote social reciprocity in children with PDDs is that outcome data are inconclusive. Lack of robust evidence of efficacy confounds understanding of these interventions and their value to the field. It is conceivable that the construct of impaired social reciprocity in PDD presents unique circumstances that require special consideration when evaluating the evidence base. Social reciprocity and impairment in social functioning are complex constructs, which require a multi-dimensional, multi-method approach to intervention and measurement of gains. The existing paradigm for evaluating the evidence base of intervention may need modification to permit a more intricate analysis of the extant research, and increase the sophistication of future research.

Keywords

Autism Pervasive developmental disorders Social skills training Evidence-based treatment Range of changes Group therapy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen Koenig
    • 1
  • Andres De Los Reyes
    • 2
  • Domenic Cicchetti
    • 1
  • Lawrence Scahill
    • 1
  • Ami Klin
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale Child Study CenterYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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