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Evidence-Based Practice: Social Skills Groups

Overview of Social Skills Groups

Social skills groups are used to teach individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) ways to appropriately interact with typically developing peers. Social skills groups typically involve small groups of two to eight individuals with disabilities and a teacher or adult facilitator. Most social skill group meetings include instruction, role-playing or practice, and feedback to help learners with ASD acquire and practice skills to promote positive social interactions with peers.

Evidence
Social skills groups are used to teach individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) ways to appropriately interact with typically developing peers. Social skills groups typically involve small groups of two to eight individuals with disabilities and a teacher or adult facilitator. Most social skill group meetings include instruction, role-playing or practice, and feedback to help learners with ASD acquire and practice skills to promote positive social interactions with peers.
With what ages is social skills groups effective?
This practice meets evidence-based criteria with six studies (two group; four single-subject design) in the social domain across preschool, elementary, and secondary age ranges.
What skills or intervention goals can be addressed by social skills groups?
In the evidence base, social skills group training targeted the following: perspective-taking, conversation skills, friendship skills, problem-solving, social competence, emotion recognition, theory of mind, and problem-solving. In addition, specific interaction skills such as initiation, responding, maintaining, greeting, giving/accepting compliments, turn taking, sharing, asking for help, offering help, and including others were also improved through the use of social skills groups.
In what settings can extinction be social skills groups used?
In the evidence base, training took place in a variety of school and clinic settings and included both inclusive and non-inclusive settings.
Brief Package:
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Brief Components

Overview:
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Evidence base:
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Steps for Implementation:
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Implementation Checklist:
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Data Collection forms:
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