An Investigation into Using a Social Skills Group to Improve the Social Communication Skills of Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in a Mainstream Post-Primary School in Ireland
Keywords:Autism, ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Inclusion, Social Skills Training
The aim of this study was to investigate how a social skills group could be used to improve the social communication skills of students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in a mainstream post-primary school in Ireland. In the literature, the need for social skills training was clearly defined and a particular focus was placed on the use of social skills groups. A social skills group could be incorporated into a school environment and it could potentially have a valuable part to play in a social skills training programme for any post-primary student with ASD. The researcher implemented action research in a mainstream post-primary school. The intervention involved making observations of the students’ social skills across a number of settings. The findings from the research study indicate improvements in the social skills of the target students with ASD.
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