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Social Skills Training (SST)

Social skills training (SST) is a form of group or individual instruction designed to teach learners with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) ways to appropriately interact with peers, adults, and other individuals.

Description

Social skills training (SST) is a form of group or individual instruction designed to teach learners with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) ways to appropriately interact with peers, adults, and other individuals. Most social skill meetings include instruction on basic concepts, role-playing or practice, and feedback to help learners with ASD acquire and practice communication, play, or social skills to promote positive interactions with peers.

SST meets evidence-based criteria with 7 group design and 8 single-case design studies. According to the evidence-based studies, this intervention has been effective for toddlers (0–2 years) to young adults (19–22 years) with ASD. SST can be used effectively to address social, communication, behavior, play, and cognitive skills.

Brief adapted from

Collet-Klingenberg, L. (2009). Overview of social skills groups. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, Waisman Center, The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Fettig, A. (2013). Social skills training (SST) fact sheet. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

RESEARCH SUMMARY

Ages (yrs) Skills Settings Outcome
0-22 Social, communication, interpersonal, behavior, play, cognitive skills Home, school, community
*The information found in the Research Summary table is updated yearly following a literature review of new research and this age range reflects information from this review.

Outcomes:     Evidence-based     Emerging     No evidence     Comprehensive

Steps for Implementation

 

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