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Implementation, Evalution and Maintenance of a Social-Emotional Skills Training Program for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Specialist School Setting

Beaumont, Renae B.; Smith-Merry, Jennifer; Costley, Debra; Howlin, Patricia; Sofronoff, Kate; Roberts, Jacqueline; Taffe, John R.; Gray, Kylie M.; Clarke, Kristina S.; Clark, Trevor; Antoinette Hodge, M.; Horstead, Sian K.; Einfeld, Stewart L.

Authors

Renae B. Beaumont

Jennifer Smith-Merry

Patricia Howlin

Kate Sofronoff

Jacqueline Roberts

John R. Taffe

Kylie M. Gray

Kristina S. Clarke

Trevor Clark

M. Antoinette Hodge

Sian K. Horstead

Stewart L. Einfeld



Abstract

Socialization difficulties in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are often associated with peer rejection and impaired academic achievement. Schools might appear to offer an ideal setting for social-emotional skills (SES) instruction. However, common challenges to successful implementation of school-based programs include inadequate staffing and resourcing, and a lack of ASD-specific staff training. This paper describes how barriers to program implementation were overcome in a project evaluating the Secret Agent Society (SAS) SES training intervention within Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) specialist classes. Questionnaire data was collected from school staff over a one-year period. Findings supported the effectiveness of the adoption process used, and suggest that SAS was feasible and acceptable to school staff.

Citation

Beaumont, R. B., Smith-Merry, J., Costley, D., Howlin, P., Sofronoff, K., Roberts, J., …Einfeld, S. L. (2019). Implementation, Evalution and Maintenance of a Social-Emotional Skills Training Program for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Specialist School Setting. International Journal of Special Education, 34(1), 95-108

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 19, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 19, 2019
Publication Date Dec 19, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 6, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 30, -0001
Publisher International Journal of Special Education
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 1
Pages 95-108
Keywords Social skills training, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specialist school, Program implementation
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/3676499
Publisher URL http://www.internationalsped.com/documents/IJSE-ENTIRE-ISSUE-34-1.pdf

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