Education K-12 M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Amie Grubidge;


This thesis explores the most effective ways to teach social skills to individuals with ASD. It takes a deeper look into the importance of teaching and using social skills instruction when working with individuals with ASD, social skills areas of focus, social skills interventions, strategies, and procedures for individuals with ASD. Specific types of interventions that are examined include: theatrical play or role-play, video modeling, peer mentoring, social groups, computer-based intervention, social stories, and psychotherapy. Various factors contribute to the implementation of social skills, including the setting, resources, population, and costs. Current research shows that there are many different techniques when looking at ways to implement social and emotional skills interventions into the classroom. It takes professional expertise and getting to know the individual with ASD to know what will truly work best in each individualized case when it comes to learning social and emotional skills. Evidence-based, individualized instruction should ultimately be used.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

Included in

Education Commons