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Social Stories to Improve Social Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review
Karkhaneh, M., Clark, B., et al. (2010).
Autism, 14(6), 641-662.

This review meets the criteria for a high-quality evidence-based systematic review.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review states a clearly focused question or aim No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes
Characteristics of the included studies are provided Yes

Description:
This is a review of randomized controlled trials and controlled clinical trials investigating the use of Social Stories ™ intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Question(s)/Aim(s) Addressed:
Question not specifically stated.

Population:
Children with ASD.

Intervention/Assessment:
Social Stories ™.

Number of Studies Included:
6

Years Included:
Through May 2007.

Conclusions:
 
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Social Communication Disorders
  • Treatment

    • Cognition/Language

      • Social Stories™

        • “Social Stories™ may be beneficial in terms of modifying target [social skills] behaviours among high functioning children with ASD. Long-term maintenance, effectiveness of the intervention in other, less-controlled settings, and the optimal dose/frequency is unknown and requires further research” (p. 660).

Sponsoring Body:
Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research (Canada)

Keywords:
Social Skills, Social Stories™, Autism Spectrum Disorders

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