Title

The Feasibility and Effects of a Parent-Facilitated Social Skills Training Program on Social Engagement of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2014

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Due to impairments in social interactions and communication, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have a need for effective social skills training programs. However, many programs fail due to a lack of acquisition, maintenance, and generalization of target skills. The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and outcomes of a parent-facilitated social skills training program, designed to overcome the shortcomings of acquisition, generalization, and maintenance of other programs for children with ASD. Participants in the current study included 5 children with ASD and their parents, recruited from a western state. This study expands previous research by training parents in implementation of a social skills training program comprising several evidence-based practices. The results of the parent-facilitated intervention are provided, and implications for practice and future research are discussed.

Publication Title

Psychology in the Schools

Volume

51

Issue

3

First Page

241

Last Page

255