Brief report: feasibility of social cognition and interaction training for adults with high functioning autism.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The goal of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and utility of a group-based cognitive behavioral intervention to improve social-cognitive functioning in adults with high-functioning autism (HFA). We modified the treatment manual of a previously validated intervention, Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT), for optimal use with HFA adults (SCIT-A). We then conducted a pilot study to compare SCIT-A (n = 6) to treatment as usual (TAU) (n = 5) for adults with HFA. Feasibility was supported; attendance was high (92%) and satisfaction reports were primarily positive. Participants in SCIT-A showed significant improvement in theory-of-mind skills and trend level improvements in social communication skills; TAU participants did not show these improvements. Findings indicate SCIT-A shows promise as an intervention for adults with HFA.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Turner-Brown, LM; Perry, TD; Dichter, GS; Bodfish, JW; Penn, DL

Published Date

  • October 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1777 - 1784

PubMed ID

  • 18246419

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2646378

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0162-3257

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10803-008-0545-y


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States