Article: "A Systematic Review of Effects of Social Stories Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder." By Qi and others, in Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 33, 1. I recall the times when, in my graduate training, my professors reminded me that the guesses psychologists made about whether or not an interventions was successful was about as good as chance. The problem, they said, is not that psychologists make guesses like everyone else
Article: Exploring Predictors of Postsecondary Outcomes for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. By Nasamran and others. In Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 2017, 52(4). There is more and more research directed at what is happening to ASD kids when they graduate high school. The good news, according to this article, is that the number of people with an ASD pursuing postsecondary options (college, trade, employment, etc.) seems to be incre
Article: School-Based Social Skills Training for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, by Radley and others. In Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 2017, 32(4). If there is one thing I can do standing on my head, it's run a social skills group. Now that I think of it, it's probably the thing I'm most qualified to do. Well-run groups can do wonders for kids; poorly-run groups can be a huge waste of time and quite possibly have a negative impact on the ch
Article: Comparison of Prompting Techniques to Teach Children with Autism to Ask Questions in the Context of a Conversation. By Swerdan and Rosales. In Focus on Autism and Other Dev. Disabilities, 2017, 32(2). I am going to hijack the purpose of this article because I want to make a point. This article was about comparing training methods for getting ASD kids to ask questions. The results are probably not of interest to the average reader of this blog (e.g., "echoic" prom
Article: High School Math and Science Preparation and Postsecondary STEM Participation for Student with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, by Wei and others. In Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 2017, 32 (2). Did you know that a huge number of individuals with ASD who go to college end up majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) courses of study? In fact, ASD individuals major in STEM in college more than any other single disability category.
Article: Developing friendships and an awareness of emotions using video games: Perceptions of four young adults with Autism, by Gallup and Serianni. In Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 2017, v52. Another work in a growing body of scholarship about the potential benefits of video games. Traditional parenting is becoming outnumbered and outgunned, so to speak. This article suggested, based on qualitative data (highly organized and analyzed int