Autism News Update:
Individuals with autism often continue to experience difficulties in social settings as they enter young adulthood. However, little research involving social skills training programs for young adults with autism has been performed. Recent research examined the effectiveness of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills (PEERS) for young adults ages 18 to 23 with high-functioning autism. The findings were published in an article titled Social Skills Training for Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study.
The researchers utilized a randomized controlled study design. The study group utilized the PEERS program administered by caregivers. Results were measured via self-assessment and caregiver-assessment.
PEERS Program Benefits:
The researchers found that young adults who participated in the PEERS program reported improved knowledge in social skills and also reported feeling lonely less frequently. Caregivers reported observing significant improvements in empathy, social responsiveness, social skills, and spending more time with friends/peers.
The researchers state that the findings suggest that the PEERS social skills training program is an effective instrument in helping young adults with high-functioning autism develop social skills.
The article was epublished on September 14, 2011 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
- View PubMed Research Abstract for Social Skills Training for Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
- More Information on the PEERS Program
- View More Research on the PEERS Program