Efficacy of a Group Treatment for Children with Significant Social Skills Deficits

Molly M. Parsons, Stacey S. Park, Lee A. Rosén*, Colorado State University

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Abstract: This study examined the effectiveness of an eight session, outpatient social skills group therapy treatment for children with significant social skills deficits. The curriculum was designed to teach nine specific social skills including: Eye Contact, Personal Space, Self-Emotions, Other-Emotions, Pedantic Speech, Greetings, Conversations, Friendliness, and Play Skills. Seven elementary aged children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder participated. Parents were asked to fill out the Child Social Skills Inventory, which measures these nine social skills domains at two time points: the first day of social skills group (SSG) and the last day of SSG. Results indicate that the treatment was partially effective in improving social skills – pre to post changes in the domain of Self-Emotion were significant. In addition, the domains of Play Skills and Other-Emotion showed improvement near statistical significance. Improvement in these important social skill domains helps substantiate the efficacy of social skills group therapy treatment for children with severe social skill deficits.

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