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Handbook of Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Assessment, Curricula, and Intervention


  • Discusses social skills deficits in individuals with autism (e.g., joint attention, observational learning, theory of mind)

  • Addresses potential negative outcomes (e.g., loneliness, depression, lack of friendships)

  • Explores assessments and curricula for specific and overall levels of social behavior

  • Examines evidence-based interventions for improving social skills and behavior (e.g., video modeling and script fading)

  • Includes supplementary material:

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

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. An Introduction to the Handbook

    • Justin B. Leaf
    Pages 1-8
  3. Social Skills Deficits

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. Bullying Among Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders

      • Inge Zweers, Ron Scholte, Robert Didden
      Pages 45-61
    3. Friendship in Autism Spectrum Disorder

      • Nirit Bauminger-Zviely, Yael Kimhi
      Pages 63-79
  4. Assessment

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 81-81
    2. Assessment of Adaptive Behavior and Autism Spectrum Disorder

      • Pegeen Cronin, B. J. Freeman
      Pages 97-112
    3. Curriculum-Based Assessment of Social Development: Goal Selection and Sequencing

      • Raymond G. Romanczyk, Kaylie Wiseman, Hannah Morton
      Pages 113-135
  5. Social Skills Interventions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 137-137
    2. Evidence-Based Interventions

      • Florence D. DiGennaro Reed, Matthew D. Novak, Amy J. Henley, Denys Brand, Mary E. McDonald
      Pages 139-153
    3. Discrete Trial Teaching and Social Skill Training: Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

      • Mary Jane Weiss, Jennifer Hilton, Samantha Russo
      Pages 155-169
    4. Incidental Teaching: Happy Progress

      • Shahla Alai-Rosales, Karen A. Toussaint, Gail G. McGee
      Pages 171-185
    5. Video-Based Instruction for Learners with Autism

      • Kevin M. Ayres, Jason Travers, Sally B. Shepley, Rachel Cagliani
      Pages 223-239

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

  • Autism Partnership Foundation, Seal Beach, USA

    Justin B. Leaf

About the editor

Justin B. Leaf, Ph.D., BCBA-D., is the Director of Research and Training for the Autism Partnership Foundation (APF) and for the Center for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis™ (CABA). Dr. Leaf is also an Adjunct Professor at Endicott College. Dr. Leaf received his doctorate degree in Behavioral Psychology from the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. He worked under the mentorship of Drs. James Sherman and Jan Sheldon. Currently, he leads the research team at APF, which conducts research projects nationally and internationally. His research interests include examining methods to improve social behaviors and, more importantly, develop meaningful friendships for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism, comparing different teaching methodologies, evaluating parameters of reinforcement, and evaluating long-term outcomes for individuals diagnosed with autism. Dr. Leaf has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals or book chapters and has presented at national and international professional conferences and invited events. He is an Associate Editor for the Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and serves or has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disorders, and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 229.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-62995-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 299.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 299.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)