Author(s)

Louis Fair

Date Approved

5-19-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Second Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Asperger's syndrome;Social skills--Study and teaching

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The purpose of this study was a single subject design (a) measuring where in social skills ability, a male high school student diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, is deficient based off of 5 subscales of social skills and then (b) creating an intervention focused on improving the areas of weakness to help the student function socially. The five subscales that the skills were grouped under with social awareness, social cognition, social communication, social motivation and autistic mannerisms. A within-subject design was run for t-scores and the student measured to have the biggest area of weakness in the areas of social awareness, social communication and autistic mannerisms. Due to a social skills group for selected students that were assigned by the school, intervention was still in progress during the submitting of this report. Implications for future intervention strategies e.g., are discussed.

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