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Enhancing social functioning among adolescents with Asperger's syndrome and high functioning autism  

The goal of this project is to adapt an empirically supported social skills training (SST) program originally developed for socially anxious adolescents to target the specific social needs of adolescents with Asperger's syndrome or high-functioning autism (AS/HFA). This program, entitled Comprehensive Social Skills Training for Adolescents (CSST-A), includes weekly social skills training sessions conducted in small groups of 4 or 5 adolescents and programmed practice sessions conducted in school and community settings. The project will recruit 20 adolescents with AS/HFA between the ages of 13 and 17 from families seeking treatment at the Autism and Developmental Disorders Clinic at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center to participate in the CSST-A program. Participating adolescents, their parents, and their teachers will complete questionnaires and clinical interviews and clinicians will rate adolescents' overall social and academic functioning in actual social settings before and after treatment to determine the effectiveness of the program. The same assessments will be conducted 3 and 6-months after treatment to determine if social skills hold up over time. Project Status
ONGOING

2009

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $59,981.00
Project Number 2369
Principal Investigator Beidel, Deborah
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Interventions)
Strategic Plan Objective New! Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SF. Launch five randomized controlled trials of interventions including biological signatures and other measures to predict response, and monitor quality of life and functional outcomes, in each of the following groups:
  • Five trials in infants and toddlers by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $30,000,000 over 5 years.
  • Three randomized controlled trials of interventions for school-aged children and/or adolescents by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years.
  • Three trials for adults by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
State/Country Pennsylvania
Web Link 1 Enhancing social functioning among adolescents with Asperger's syndrome and high functioning autism (External web link)
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