Autismus- Offener Zugang

Autismus- Offener Zugang
Offener Zugang

ISSN: 2165-7890


An Innovative Approach to Development of Social Abilities in Individuals with Autism: A Pilot Study

Monica Mazza, Maria Chiara Pino, Melania Mariano and Marco Valenti

Recent evidence suggests that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) show a significant impairment in social abilities. There are no treatments that have demonstrated evidence of being effective at improving social skills and promoting independence. The transition to adulthood, which often involves loss of school support and child and adolescent mental health services, is a challenge in the rehabilitation field.

Our pilot study is the first that describes a novel approach to involving young adults with ASD in metacognitive exercise focused on social cognition. In treatment proposed, participants with ASD help each other to create software aimed at improving children with ASD’s understanding of emotions. Our results showed an qualitative and quantitative improvement of their cognitive empathic abilities, as witnessed by parents and of the post- treatment assessment.

This pilot study highlights the importance to help individuals with ASD to fulfil their potential in areas of strength.