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Educational Psychology

Adolescents

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Is Social Competence Achievable In Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder?, Monica Caldeira Aug 2016

Is Social Competence Achievable In Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder?, Monica Caldeira

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A review of existing literature pertaining to the social skills of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder provides a mixed picture: some researchers argue that social skills are altogether lacking, while others indicate that, in some instances, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder possess the same social skills as their typically developed peers. The purpose of this study was to examine the social competence of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as the factors that contributed to or hindered adolescents’ social competence. A sample of 17 adolescents, with varying degrees of autism severity, together with their parents and teachers took part ...