Social Skills Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

April 14, 2014

The combined child and peer social skills intervention for elementary school children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) utilizes direct instruction of the target child with ASD and peer models to enhance social skills and engagement.  An experimental evaluation of this combined approach found that it had a significant impact on the improvement of children’s social network salience.  While the combined intervention was consistently better than the child intervention alone (child approach), it only had marginally bigger impacts than the peer intervention alone.