Facilitating Functional Social-Communication Skills in Adolescents With Asperger’s Syndrome The demands of initiating and maintaining social relationships and securing and holding employment commensurate with their level of education can be a life-long struggle for many adolescents and young adults with Asperger’s syndrome (AS). The purpose of the project described in this article was to pilot a service delivery model ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2009
Facilitating Functional Social-Communication Skills in Adolescents With Asperger’s Syndrome
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kristine S. Retherford
    University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
  • Angela J. Sterling-Orth
    University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
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Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Language Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2009
Facilitating Functional Social-Communication Skills in Adolescents With Asperger’s Syndrome
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2009, Vol. 16, 55-61. doi:10.1044/lle16.2.55
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2009, Vol. 16, 55-61. doi:10.1044/lle16.2.55
Abstract

The demands of initiating and maintaining social relationships and securing and holding employment commensurate with their level of education can be a life-long struggle for many adolescents and young adults with Asperger’s syndrome (AS). The purpose of the project described in this article was to pilot a service delivery model for adolescents and young adults with AS and their families that would bridge various agencies to address social-communication skills and executive functions that predict success in life settings.

Acknowledgments
This work was supported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services through a Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (CFDA #93.783). We are grateful to Linda Schreiber, John Strei, and Ann Dybvik for their contributions to the project and to the participants and their parents as well as community partners.
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