Current Psychiatry Reports

, 16:512

Psychosocial Treatments for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan: New Developments and Underlying Mechanisms

  • Connie Kasari
  • Stephanie Shire
  • Reina Factor
  • Caitlin McCracken
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ES Brodkin, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Autism Spectrum Disorders


Researchers have studied many interventions to address the core impairment in social interactions in autism spectrum disorder. We reviewed the social skills intervention literature over the past two years (2012-2014). Social skills intervention studies have increased by 35 % over our previous review of 2010- 2012. Nearly equal numbers of studies reported results using single subject research designs (n = 29) and group designs (n = 25). Consistent with our previous review, many studies focused on joint attention/joint engagement for young children and interventions addressing peer interactions for older children. Advancements in this review period included more replications of intervention models, longitudinal outcomes, and a focus on minimally verbal children. Notably absent are social interventions for adults, and interventions addressing school-based inclusion. In addition to these target areas, future studies should isolate active ingredients of social interventions, include broader participant representation, and further examine the relation between neural development and behavioral outcomes.


Autism spectrum disorder Social skills Social interventions Joint attention/joint engagement Peer interactions Social impairment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Connie Kasari
    • 1
  • Stephanie Shire
    • 1
  • Reina Factor
    • 1
  • Caitlin McCracken
    • 1
  1. 1.UCLA Center for Autism Research and TreatmentLos AngelesUSA

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