Long-term outcomes of parent-assisted social skills intervention for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders.
|Title||Long-term outcomes of parent-assisted social skills intervention for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Mandelberg J, Frankel F, Cunningham T, Gorospe C, Laugeson EA|
|Date Published||2014 Apr|
|Keywords||Adolescent, Behavior Therapy, Child, Child Development Disorders, Pervasive, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Friends, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Parents, Social Behavior, Treatment Outcome|
This study aims to evaluate the long-term outcome of Children's Friendship Training, a parent-assisted social skills intervention for children. Prior research has shown Children's Friendship Training to be superior to wait-list control with maintenance of gains at 3-month follow-up. Participants were families of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder who completed Children's Friendship Training 1-5 years earlier. They were recruited through mail, phone, and email. Information collected included parent and child completed questionnaires and a phone interview. Data were collected on 24 of 52 potential participants (46%). With an average of 35-month follow-up, participants had a mean age of 12.6 years. Results indicated that participants at follow-up were invited on significantly more play dates, showed less play date conflict, improved significantly in parent-reported social skills and problem behaviors, and demonstrated marginally significant decreases in loneliness when compared to pre-Children's Friendship Training.
|Grant List||U54 MH68172 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States|