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Social Skills Training for Autism Spectrum Disorder 

Social Skills Training for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Social Skills Training for Autism Spectrum Disorder

D. Scott McLeod

, Kristin W. Malatino

, and Dorothy Lucci

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date: 30 June 2022

Social skills deficits are a primary and defining symptom of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Social skills are necessary for interacting appropriately with others throughout the lifespan. Thus, interventions to address social problems for individuals with ASD are extremely important. This chapter describes social skills deficits in individuals with ASD, including characteristics of and problems that may result from these difficulties. Next, social skill interventions are described taking a comprehensive and integrated approach to treatment. The chapter also briefly reviews the empirical evidence to support social skills training for individuals with ASD. The chapter concludes with a description of a representative program, the Aspire program, to provide an example of a comprehensive, multisystemic program that treats individuals with ASD across the lifespan. Case examples are also provided to elucidate treatment approaches and provide examples of social skills programming.

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