Clinical Issues: Social Skills Groups for Adolescents With Asperger Syndrome Adolescence is often a particularly difficult time of life for students with Asperger syndrome (AS). At this age, these young people become more keenly aware of their differences from the norm at the same time that strong desires to “fit in” are shared with others at their developmental level. At ... Clinical Issues
Clinical Issues  |   October 01, 2003
Clinical Issues: Social Skills Groups for Adolescents With Asperger Syndrome
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jack Strulovitch
    Department of Psychiatry, Montreal Children’s HospitalWestmont, Quebec; Canada
  • Vicki Tagalakis
    Department of Psychiatry, Montreal Children’s HospitalWestmont, Quebec; Canada
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Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Language Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Clinical Issues
Clinical Issues   |   October 01, 2003
Clinical Issues: Social Skills Groups for Adolescents With Asperger Syndrome
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2003, Vol. 10, 20-22. doi:10.1044/lle10.3.20
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2003, Vol. 10, 20-22. doi:10.1044/lle10.3.20
Adolescence is often a particularly difficult time of life for students with Asperger syndrome (AS). At this age, these young people become more keenly aware of their differences from the norm at the same time that strong desires to “fit in” are shared with others at their developmental level. At Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, we have for the last several years been conducting social skills training groups for adolescents with various pervasive developmental disorders including AS. Our adolescents are referred by the Autism Clinic at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, community pediatricians, school boards, and mental health professionals. We select participants for our groups from students who meet the following criteria:
  • Formally diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder,

  • Between the ages of 13 and 18, and

  • Show a willingness to attend.

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