Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 41, Issue 8, pp 1033–1043 | Cite as

The Efficacy of a Social Skills Group Intervention for Improving Social Behaviors in Children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Melissa E. DeRosier
  • Danielle C. Swick
  • Naomi Ornstein Davis
  • Janey Sturtz McMillen
  • Rebecca Matthews
Original Paper


This study tested the efficacy of a new social skills intervention, SocialSkillsGRoupINtervention-High Functioning Autism (S.S.GRIN-HFA), designed to improve social behaviors in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders. Fifty-five children were randomly assigned to S.S.GRIN-HFA treatment (n = 27) or control (i.e., traditional S.S.GRIN intervention; n = 28). Examination of the direction and magnitude of change in functioning revealed that children who participated in S.S.GRIN-HFA exhibited significantly greater mastery of social skill concepts compared to children in the control group. Parents of S.S.GRIN-HFA group participants reported an improved sense of social self-efficacy, whereas parents of control participants reported a decline. The advantages of a specialized intervention such as S.S.GRIN-HFA, designed specifically for children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders, are discussed.


Social skills Intervention High functioning autism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa E. DeRosier
    • 1
  • Danielle C. Swick
    • 1
  • Naomi Ornstein Davis
    • 1
  • Janey Sturtz McMillen
    • 1
  • Rebecca Matthews
    • 2
  1. 1.The 3-C Institute for Social DevelopmentCaryUSA
  2. 2.3-C Family ServicesCaryUSA

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