Group-based social skills training (SST), is a common treatment for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - a condition characterised by social impairments. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an 8-week SST intervention with a play component (unstructured versus semi-structured) for children with ASD. Forty-five children aged 8 to 12 years participated in the study. Data were collected from a parent, teacher and the child at pre-test, post-test and at 3-month follow-up. Compared to a waitlist control group, children who participated in the SST intervention showed significant gains in social skills and social competence and they exhibited a reduction in social worries and emotional distress over time. Observational data during SST sessions, however, revealed that those in the unstructured play environment exhibited lower levels of social participation and engagement with peers compared to children assigned to semi-structured play.
Field of Research
170109 - Personality, Abilities and Assessment 100%
Socio Economic Objective
920410 - Mental Health 100%
Description of original
xix, 300 pages : tables, figures, some coloured, apendices
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