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Social Skills in Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Dennis R. DixonEmail author
  • Jonathan Tarbox
  • Adel Najdowski
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Abstract

Autism was first described by Kanner in 1943 and identified as a disorder characterized by impaired development in language and socialization, as well as the presence of repetitive behaviors and restricted interests. The DSM-IV (APA, 2000) currently classifies Autistic Disorder within the Pervasive Developmental Disorders, which also include Asperger’s Disorder, Rett’s Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and PDD-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). In recent years, researchers have begun to refer to these disorders as autism spectrum disorders (ASD) due to the continuous nature of symptoms with few clear boundaries upon which to differentiate disorders within the spectrum (Matson & Boisjoli, 2007).

Keywords

Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorder Social Skill Intraclass Correlation Coefficient Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis R. Dixon
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jonathan Tarbox
    • 1
  • Adel Najdowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Manager, Research and DevelopmentCenter for Autism and Related Disorders Inc.TarzanaUSA

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