Comorbid ADHD and anxiety affect social skills group intervention treatment efficacy in children with autism spectrum disorders

Kevin M. Antshel, Carol Polacek, Michele McMahon, Karen Dygert, Laura Spenceley, Lindsay Dygert, Laura Miller, Fatima Faisal

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:: To assess the influence of psychiatric comorbidity on social skill treatment outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). METHODS:: A community sample of 83 children (74 males, 9 females) with an ASD (mean age = 9.5 yr; SD = 1.2) and common comorbid disorders participated in 10-week social skills training groups. The first 5 weeks of the group focused on conversation skills and the second 5 weeks focused on social problem solving skills. A concurrent parent group was also included in the treatment. Social skills were assessed using the Social Skills Rating System. Ratings were completed by parents at pre- and posttreatment time periods. RESULTS:: Children with ASD and children with an ASD and comorbid anxiety disorder improved in their parent reported social skills. Children with ASD and comorbid attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder failed to improve. CONCLUSION:: Psychiatric comorbidity affects social skill treatment gains in the ASD population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-446
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • autism spectrum
  • social skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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