A social adjustment enhancement intervention for high functioning autism, Asperger's syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder NOS

Marjorie Solomon Friedman, Beth L. Goodlin-Jones, Thomas F. Anders

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Abstract

This paper reports the findings of a 20-week social adjustment enhancement curriculum for boys aged 8-12. The curriculum was designed to address three areas hypothesized to be deficient in persons with HFA, AS, and PDDNOS: emotion recognition and understanding; theory of mind; and executive functions/real life type problem solving. Parents attended a semi-structured concurrent psychoeducational training meeting during children's sessions. Statistically significant improvements in facial expression recognition, and problem solving were reported for intervention group children compared to waiting list control group children. For the intervention group (the only group for whom data were available), older and less cognitively able boy's scores on a depression inventory decreased significantly more than younger children's. Mother's depression scores tended to decrease and there were significant reductions in child problem behaviors reported. Results are discussed in the context of individual differences in participant cognitive levels and profiles, symptom severity, and affect-related variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-668
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004

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Asperger Syndrome
Social Adjustment
Autistic Disorder
Curriculum
Depression
Theory of Mind
Facial Expression
Waiting Lists
Executive Function
Child Behavior
Individuality
Emotions
Parents
Mothers
Equipment and Supplies
Control Groups
Recognition (Psychology)

Keywords

  • Asperger's syndrome
  • High functioning autism
  • intervention
  • PDDNOS
  • social skills
  • training groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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A social adjustment enhancement intervention for high functioning autism, Asperger's syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder NOS. / Friedman, Marjorie Solomon; Goodlin-Jones, Beth L.; Anders, Thomas F.

In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 34, No. 6, 12.2004, p. 649-668.

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