Authors: Webb BJ, Miller SP, Pierce TB, Strawser S, Jones W
Title: Effects of Social Skill Instruction for High-Functioning Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Source: Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities 2004 19(1): 53-62
Year: 2004
Research Design: Case Series

The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of using the SCORE Skills Strategy (Vernon, Schumaker, and Deshler, 1996) to teach high-functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorders five important social skills. Ten male participants ranging in age from 12 to 17 took part in a 10-week program. Results obtained using a multiple-baseline-across-skills design and a multiple-probe design indicate that all of the boys made significant gains in performance of the five targeted social skills and that the SCORE Skills Strategy is a viable program to use with high-functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. The results further indicate that consumer satisfaction was high for both the participants and their parents.

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