Study of Effectiveness of the Emotion Regulation Training on Social Skills and Repetitive Behaviors in Children with High Functioning Autism

Friday, May 13, 2016: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Hall A (Baltimore Convention Center)
S. Rezaei Dehnavi1, S. Rashidi2 and A. R. Bakhshashye3, (1)Payame Noor university, Isfahan, Iran, (2)Islamic Azad University Yazd Branch, Isfahan, Iran, (3)Islamic Azad University Yazd Branch, Yazd, Iran
Background: Emotional regulation education was recommended to improve social skills and reducing in repetitive behaviors in previos studies.

Objectives:  The purpose of this study was study the effectiveness of the emotion regulation education on social skills and repetitive behaviors  in children with High Functioning Autism(HFA).

Methods:  The research was experimental Using a two Groups Pre and Post Test design . 28 children with HFA were selected and randomly assigned in two experimental and control groups The experimental group participated in emotion regulation training basis on manual of the Stress and Anger Management Program (STAMP) in nine sessions (two sessions per week) . Social Skills Rating Form of  Triad Social Skills Assessment (TSSA) and Repetitive behaviors Inventory were applied to assess dependent variables. Covariance analysis was used to analyze the data

Results:  The results indicated that social skills in experimental  group  had been significantly(p<0.00) improved , but there was no difference in repetitive behavior in two groups.


Basis on the results of this study. Emotional regulation education is recommended for improving the social skills in children with HFA.