Social Skills Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2020 Apr;29(2):359-371. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2019.11.001. Epub 2020 Jan 30.


Social skills training programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorder are effective in improving social competence, although effects are frequently not robust across all outcomes measured. When aggregating across the social skills training programs with the strongest evidence, common elements can be identified in both the treatment delivery method and the social skills content targeted. However, social skills training programs continue to remain limited in their generalizability and scope. Existing research has primarily tested programs designed for school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder, who have average or above average intellectual functioning.

Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder; Intervention; Lifespan; Social skills; Social skills training.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / rehabilitation*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cognitive Remediation*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Social Skills*
  • Young Adult