Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 40, Issue 10, pp 1209–1218

Promoting Social Skill Development in Children With Pervasive Developmental Disorders: A Feasibility and Efficacy Study

  • Kathleen Koenig
  • Susan Williams White
  • Maryellen Pachler
  • Monika Lau
  • Moira Lewis
  • Ami Klin
  • Lawrence Scahill
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-010-0979-x

Cite this article as:
Koenig, K., White, S.W., Pachler, M. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2010) 40: 1209. doi:10.1007/s10803-010-0979-x

Abstract

A randomized controlled design was employed to evaluate a social skills intervention for children with pervasive developmental disorders. Aims included evaluating the acceptability of the program and gathering preliminary evidence on efficacy. Forty-four children, ages 8–11 years, were randomly assigned to treatment or wait list. Treatment consisted of a 16-week group intervention designed to teach appropriate social behavior. Between group comparisons showed that children in treatment were rated as improved on the primary outcome measure, (unblinded parent report), but not on the secondary outcome measure, a parent questionnaire. Parents reported a high level of satisfaction with the intervention. The study supports the feasibility of this intervention to families and highlights challenges for future research in social skills intervention.

Keywords

Autism Developmental disorders Social skills Intervention 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen Koenig
    • 1
  • Susan Williams White
    • 1
  • Maryellen Pachler
    • 1
  • Monika Lau
    • 1
  • Moira Lewis
    • 1
  • Ami Klin
    • 1
  • Lawrence Scahill
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale Child Study CenterYale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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