Is social cognitive training efficient in autism? A pilot single-case study using the RC2S+ program

Neurocase. 2019 Dec;25(6):217-224. doi: 10.1080/13554794.2019.1666877. Epub 2019 Sep 15.


In high-functioning autism, deficits in emotional processing and theory of mind are relevant to understanding the particularities of social functioning. Here we used a multiple baseline and ABA single-case design to assess the efficacy of an individualized social cognitive training program using both pen-and-paper and computerized materials for an 18-year old patient. After the treatment phase, we found significant improvement in both emotional processes and theory of mind. These results provide further significant data showing that therapeutic tools based on digital relational simulation are a promising way for helping people with autism to compensate for their impaired social functioning.

Keywords: High-functioning autism; digital relational simulation; emotion recognition; social cognitive training; theory of mind.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / psychology*
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / therapy*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy* / methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Pilot Projects
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Social Behavior*
  • Treatment Outcome