Social skills programs for children with autism largely ineffective (meta-analysis)

A meta-analysis of 55 published research studies found that social skills programs for autistic kids were poor overall, though better if the programs were held in the normal classroom setting rather than a pull-out one. They were more likely to use and to maintain the new skills, and more likely to use them in other settings. The researchers recommend greater amounts of programming, targeting programs towards kids’ skill deficits, and checking to see whether the program was actually carried out as designed.

No commentary on this one – just general surprise that they were found so solidly poor.

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2 Responses to Social skills programs for children with autism largely ineffective (meta-analysis)

  1. Michael Cohn says:

    Do you know whether “poor” means that they didn’t work well, or that they were designed in an atheoretical or haphazard fashion?

  2. resonance says:

    It looks to me like didn’t have much effect on kids’ social skills.

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