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School-based social skills training for young people with autism spectrum disorders

Einfeld, Stewart L.; Beaumont, Renae; Clark, Trevor; Clarke, Kristina S.; Costley, Debra; Gray, Kylie M.; Horstead, Si�n K.; Redoblado Hodge, M. Antoinette; Roberts, Jacqueline; Sofronoff, Kate; Taffe, John R.; Howlin, Patricia


Stewart L. Einfeld

Renae Beaumont

Trevor Clark

Kristina S. Clarke

Kylie M. Gray

Si�n K. Horstead

M. Antoinette Redoblado Hodge

Jacqueline Roberts

Kate Sofronoff

John R. Taffe

Patricia Howlin


Background: The Secret Agent Society (SAS) Program, an intervention to enhance social- emotional skills, was provided by schools for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The program was assessed to determine if it improved social skills at school and home, and whether improvements were maintained. Methods: Eighty-four students participated. Key outcomes were parent and teacher ratings of emotion regulation, social skills, and direct child social problem-solving measures. The standard school curriculum served as the control condition. Phase 1 was a two-group waitlist-control comparison of SAS versus the standard curriculum. Phase 2 was a follow-up of all participants before and after the intervention and at 12-months post-intervention. Results: Parent and child measures improved after the intervention but not in the waitlist condition. Improvements in parent, child and teacher measures were apparent at 12-months. Conclusions: The SAS Program warrants further research as a potential program for schools that serve children with ASD.


Einfeld, S. L., Beaumont, R., Clark, T., Clarke, K. S., Costley, D., Gray, K. M., …Howlin, P. (2018). School-based social skills training for young people with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 43(1), 29-39.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 28, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 10, 2017
Publication Date Jan 2, 2018
Deposit Date Nov 23, 2018
Journal Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability
Print ISSN 1366-8250
Electronic ISSN 1469-9532
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 1
Pages 29-39
Keywords autism spectrum disorder; social skills training; school
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