'Look at me when I am talking to you': Evidence and assessment of social pragmatics interventions for children with autism and social communication disorders

Cheryl D. Tierney, Marie Kurtz, Ann Panchik, Kathleen Pitterle

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article provides an analysis of the effectiveness of commonly used interventions for social pragmatic interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and social communication disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: Several evidence-based social skills interventions are emerging, including peer mentoring, social skills groups, and video modeling. Social stories are effective as supports for improved interactions but generalization is limited. Research supports the need for multimodality and individualized treatment programs. Research validates that video and visual learning is highly effective with children with ASD when utilized with specific, appropriate targets. Multiple studies have shown that picture-based communication systems are effective at improving functional communication with moderate effects on social communication. Despite limitations in research, there is strong evidence in the existing literature for the role of alternative augmentative communication in improving both functional and social communication. SUMMARY: Social pragmatic interventions when individualized are effective for improving language, adaptive behavior and social skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-264
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent opinion in pediatrics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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