The Social Living Complex: A New, All Day, Yearlong Intervention Model for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Parents


Doenyas C.

JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, vol.46, no.9, pp.3037-3053, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10803-016-2846-x
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS
  • Page Numbers: pp.3037-3053
  • Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder, ASD, Social, Skills, Intervention, Support, Parent, Living, Coping, Stress, PEER-MEDIATED INTERVENTIONS, HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM, SKILLS INTERVENTIONS, YOUNG-CHILDREN, STRESS, METAANALYSIS, MOTIVATION, BEHAVIORS, STUDENTS, PROMOTE

Abstract

We propose an unprecedented intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their parents: the social living complex. Unlike existing social skills interventions, peer-mediated interventions here are not limited to the school/experiment duration and setting. Whereas other supported living services house adults with ASD only, here children with ASD and their families live and interact with typically developing (TD) individuals. Another novelty is support groups for parents of children with ASD, who report feeling higher levels of stress than parents of TD children and children with other disabilities, feeling isolated, and not receiving social support. This complex will enable the practice and generalization of schooled skills in the lives of children with ASD and foster an accepting, autism-friendly community.