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Profile of Social Difficulty (POSD)

The Profile of Social Difficulty (POSD; Coucouvanis, 2005) was designed to help identify gaps in skills that are necessary for successful social interaction.


The POSD lists skills necessary for social interaction in a hierarchy and provides a profile of current skills in four areas: Fundamental Skills, Social Initiation Skills, Social Response Skills, and Getting Along with Others.


Author (yr) Age Range (yrs) Method of Administration/Format Approx. Time to Administer Subscales
Profile of Social Difficulty (POSD) Coucouvanis (2005) 6-11

Items are rated on a 6-point Likert scale from “Very Difficult” to “Very Easy.” Parents, teachers, or siblings may complete the questionnaire. A self-report version is available

Yields profile of skills in the four areas assessed

15-20 min.

Fundamental Skills;

Social Initiation Skills;

Social Response Skills;

Getting Along with Others

Availability: Coucouvanis, J. (2005). Super skills: A social skills group program for children with Asperger syndrome, high- functioning autism and related challenges. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing.

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