© 2017

Handbook of Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Assessment, Curricula, and Intervention

  • Justin B. Leaf

Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Justin B. Leaf
    Pages 1-8
  3. Social Skills Deficits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Inge Zweers, Ron Scholte, Robert Didden
      Pages 45-61
    3. Nirit Bauminger-Zviely, Yael Kimhi
      Pages 63-79
  4. Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Pegeen Cronin, B. J. Freeman
      Pages 97-112
    3. Raymond G. Romanczyk, Kaylie Wiseman, Hannah Morton
      Pages 113-135
  5. Social Skills Interventions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Florence D. DiGennaro Reed, Matthew D. Novak, Amy J. Henley, Denys Brand, Mary E. McDonald
      Pages 139-153
    3. Mary Jane Weiss, Jennifer Hilton, Samantha Russo
      Pages 155-169
    4. Shahla Alai-Rosales, Karen A. Toussaint, Gail G. McGee
      Pages 171-185
    5. Kevin M. Ayres, Jason Travers, Sally B. Shepley, Rachel Cagliani
      Pages 223-239

About this book


This handbook identifies the various social deficiencies widely associated with children and youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It discusses possible causes as well as the lifelong effects if these deficiencies are not addressed. The handbook presents current behavioral and curriculum-based methods for assessing social deficits. Chapters examine the various interventions that have been used to improve social skills and behavior, including video modeling, peer-mediated interventions, and script fading. Chapters also assess various interventions using empirically based procedures, evaluate the research of each of these procedures, provide guidelines for treatment planning, and offer clinical recommendations. The handbook concludes with future directions for the development of both social behavior and clinical social skills interventions.

Topics featured in the Handbook include:

  • Impairments in social behavior that may result in negative outcomes such as depression, loneliness, and suicide in individuals with ASD.
  • Bullying among youth with ASD.
  • Behavioral skills training to promote social behavior of individuals with ASD.
  • The Early Start Denver Model approach to helping young children with ASD.
  • The implementation of social skills groups for individuals diagnosed with ASD.
The Handbook of Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorder is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians/professionals, and graduate students in clinical child, school, and developmental psychology, behavioral therapy, and social work, as well as such interrelated disciplines as child and adolescent psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine/therapy, pediatrics, and special education/educational psychology.


Adaptive behavioral assessment and autism Applied Behavior Analysis and autism Behavior Analysis and autism interventions Bullying and autism Curriculum assessments and ASD Depression and autism Discrete trial teaching and autism Early Start Denver Model and autism Friendship development and autism Loneliness and autism Parent-mediated interventions and ASD Peer-mediated interventions and autism Pivotal Response Training and ASD Social behavior assessment and autism Social skill deficits and autism Social skill interventions and ASD Social stories and ASD Suicide and ASD Video modeling and autism Visual learning and ASD

Editors and affiliations

  • Justin B. Leaf
    • 1
  1. 1.Autism Partnership FoundationSeal BeachUSA

About the editors

Justin B. Leaf, Ph.D., BCBA-D., is the Director of Research and Training for the Autism Partnership Foundation (APF) and for the Center for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis™ (CABA). Dr. Leaf is also an Adjunct Professor at Endicott College. Dr. Leaf received his doctorate degree in Behavioral Psychology from the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. He worked under the mentorship of Drs. James Sherman and Jan Sheldon. Currently, he leads the research team at APF, which conducts research projects nationally and internationally. His research interests include examining methods to improve social behaviors and, more importantly, develop meaningful friendships for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism, comparing different teaching methodologies, evaluating parameters of reinforcement, and evaluating long-term outcomes for individuals diagnosed with autism. Dr. Leaf has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals or book chapters and has presented at national and international professional conferences and invited events. He is an Associate Editor for the Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and serves or has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disorders, and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Book Subtitle Assessment, Curricula, and Intervention
  • Editors Justin B. Leaf
  • Series Title Autism and Child Psychopathology Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Autism,Child Psychopathology Ser.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-62994-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87448-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-62995-7
  • Series ISSN 2192-922X
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-9238
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 445
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Child and School Psychology
    Behavioral Therapy
    Social Work
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