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Project Element Element Description

Project Title

Project Title

Inclusion of Typical Peers in a Social Skills Intervention for Adolescents with ASD: A Longitudinal Study

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Matthews, Nicole; Smith, Christopher J.

Description

Description

Recent estimates indicate that a substantial percentage of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not cognitively impaired. Yet, outcomes for adults with ASD are poor. This suggests that interventions targeting the core symptoms of ASD need to be lifelong. This project will compare the effectiveness of two variants of one of the only empirically supported social skills interventions for adolescents with ASD, the PEERS program. In a well-characterized sample of 48 cognitively-able adolescents with ASD, change in selfand parent-reported social functioning and mental health will be compared among participants who complete either (1) the traditional PEERS program, (2) a peer-mediated variant of the PEERS program (i.e., PEERS with typical peers), or (3) a delayed treatment control (DTC) group. The short-term and long-term generalizability of skills learned during the PEERS programs will also be examined by quantifying adolescents’ social networks within their classrooms. It is predicted that adolescents who complete PEERS with peers will demonstrate (1) more improvement in social skills and mental health and (2) more reciprocated friendships and social network centrality than adolescents in the other two groups. Application of these findings may provide new guidelines for implementation of PEERS and other interventions that will improve social integration of adolescents with ASD in real-world settings.

Funder

Funder

Organization for Autism Research

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

20000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2015-2017

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 6: What Does the Future Hold, Particularly for Adults?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 6LB. Conduct one study that builds on carefully characterized cohorts of children and youth with ASD to determine how interventions, services, and supports delivered during childhood impact adult health and quality of life outcomes by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,000,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Inclusion of Typical Peers in a Social Skills Intervention for Adolescents with ASD: A Longitudinal Study (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

State/Country

State/Country

Arizona

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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