Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Autism : getting people to ask the right questions

Deficits in social and communication skills are characteristic of people with autism spectrum disorders. One of these deficits is an impairment in the ability of question asking and interventions for improving this ability are especially recommended for people with autism. A Dutch study looked at small-group training consisting of feedback and self-management aimed at improving question-asking skills in nine high-functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. The training lasted six weeks with sessions being conducted once a week and lasting about an hour. The training consisted of verbal feedback and role-play during short simulated conversations and a table game. The therapy was found to be effective in improving question-asking skills, raising the percentage of 'correct' questions during conversation and increasing response efficiency. Participants and personal coaches evaluated the training as effective and acceptable.

Palmen, Annemiek, Didden, Robert and Arts, Marieke - Improving question asking in high-functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorders: effectiveness of small-group training. Autism January 2008, 12(1), 83-98

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