Multi-modal intervention for social skills training in students with high-functioning ASD: The Secret Agent Society

Beaumont, Renae and Sofronoff, Kate (2013). Multi-modal intervention for social skills training in students with high-functioning ASD: The Secret Agent Society. In Angela Scarpa, Susan Williams White and Tony Attwood (Ed.), CBT for Children and Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (pp. 173-198) New York, United States: Guilford Press.

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Author Beaumont, Renae
Sofronoff, Kate
Title of chapter Multi-modal intervention for social skills training in students with high-functioning ASD: The Secret Agent Society
Formatted title
Multi-modal intervention for social skills training in students with high-functioning ASD: The Secret Agent Society
Title of book CBT for Children and Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders
Place of Publication New York, United States
Publisher Guilford Press
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781462510481
9781462510511
9781462510504
Editor Angela Scarpa
Susan Williams White
Tony Attwood
Chapter number 8
Start page 173
End page 198
Total pages 26
Total chapters 13
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The SAS program is a multimodal social skills intervention for 8- to 12-yearold children with high-functioning ASD (HFASD). Children are initially taught core emotion recognition, emotion regulation, and social problemsolving skills by a four-level, animated computer game played at home or at school with adult support. The computer game format optimizes child engagement (technology is a common special interest for children with HFASD and caters to all learning styles—visual, verbal and kinesthetic), reduces social anxiety associated with therapist and peer interactions during initial learning, and allows for self-paced instruction and repetition. Once children have developed a basic understanding of core emotional and social concepts by playing assigned sections of the game, they attend weekly group sessions to practice these skills in therapist-facilitated activities with peers. Information sessions and resources are also provided to help parents and school staff support children’s use of social skills at home and at school, and to create ASD-friendly environments. A home–school diary and weekly home practice tasks (“home missions”) also help children, parents, and school staff to monitor children’s skill usage on an ongoing basis.
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Prepress book title: "Promising cognitive behavioural interventions for children and adolescents with high functioning autism spectrum disorders." Prepress chapter title: "Multimodal intervention for social skills training in students with Asperger syndrome: The Secret Agent Society".

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