Handbook of Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Assessment, Curricula, and Intervention

  • Justin B. Leaf

Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Justin B. Leaf
    Pages 1-8
  3. Social Skills Deficits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Inge Zweers, Ron Scholte, Robert Didden
      Pages 45-61
    3. Nirit Bauminger-Zviely, Yael Kimhi
      Pages 63-79
  4. Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Pegeen Cronin, B. J. Freeman
      Pages 97-112
    3. Raymond G. Romanczyk, Kaylie Wiseman, Hannah Morton
      Pages 113-135
  5. Social Skills Interventions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Florence D. DiGennaro Reed, Matthew D. Novak, Amy J. Henley, Denys Brand, Mary E. McDonald
      Pages 139-153
    3. Mary Jane Weiss, Jennifer Hilton, Samantha Russo
      Pages 155-169
    4. Shahla Alai-Rosales, Karen A. Toussaint, Gail G. McGee
      Pages 171-185
    5. Kevin M. Ayres, Jason Travers, Sally B. Shepley, Rachel Cagliani
      Pages 223-239
    6. Karis A. Casagrande, Brooke R. Ingersoll
      Pages 285-312
    7. Raymond G. Miltenberger, Heather M. Zerger, Marissa Novotny, Cynthia P. Livingston
      Pages 325-342
    8. Ruth Ellingsen, Courtney Bolton, Elizabeth Laugeson
      Pages 343-358
    9. Robert K. Ross
      Pages 359-367
    10. Justin B. Leaf, Julia L. Ferguson
      Pages 369-385
    11. Andrea Trubanova Wieckowski, Susan W. White
      Pages 387-403
  6. Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 405-405
    2. Mitchell Taubman, Julia L. Ferguson
      Pages 423-431
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 433-445

About this book


This handbook identifies the various social deficiencies widely associated with children and youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It discusses possible causes as well as the lifelong effects if these deficiencies are not addressed. The handbook presents current behavioral and curriculum-based methods for assessing social deficits. Chapters examine the various interventions that have been used to improve social skills and behavior, including video modeling, peer-mediated interventions, and script fading. Chapters also assess various interventions using empirically based procedures, evaluate the research of each of these procedures, provide guidelines for treatment planning, and offer clinical recommendations. The handbook concludes with future directions for the development of both social behavior and clinical social skills interventions.

Topics featured in the Handbook include:

  • Impairments in social behavior that may result in negative outcomes such as depression, loneliness, and suicide in individuals with ASD.
  • Bullying among youth with ASD.
  • Behavioral skills training to promote social behavior of individuals with ASD.
  • The Early Start Denver Model approach to helping young children with ASD.
  • The implementation of social skills groups for individuals diagnosed with ASD.
The Handbook of Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorder is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians/professionals, and graduate students in clinical child, school, and developmental psychology, behavioral therapy, and social work, as well as such interrelated disciplines as child and adolescent psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine/therapy, pediatrics, and special education/educational psychology.


Adaptive behavioral assessment and autism Applied Behavior Analysis and autism Behavior Analysis and autism interventions Bullying and autism Curriculum assessments and ASD Depression and autism Discrete trial teaching and autism Early Start Denver Model and autism Friendship development and autism Loneliness and autism Parent-mediated interventions and ASD Peer-mediated interventions and autism Pivotal Response Training and ASD Social behavior assessment and autism Social skill deficits and autism Social skill interventions and ASD Social stories and ASD Suicide and ASD Video modeling and autism Visual learning and ASD

Editors and affiliations

  • Justin B. Leaf
    • 1
  1. 1.Autism Partnership FoundationSeal BeachUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-62994-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-62995-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-922X
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-9238
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