The number of secondary-level students with high-functioning autism (HFA) served in public school settings has increased in recent years, and many of these students have difficulty with social-behavioral expectations in such settings. Instructional specialists must know which interventions have been shown to be effective, so they can make informed decisions about service delivery and instructional support (professional development) that maximize the potential for student success. The intent of the present meta-analysis was to examine the efficacy of social-behavioral interventions used with adolescent students with HFA served in public school settings. Thirteen studies employing single-case research designs published in peer-reviewed journals between 1987 and 2018 were found through an extensive literature search. The analyses indicated that specific social skill and behavioral interventions had high effect sizes and, likewise, improved outcomes for students with HFA. Implications for special education practice and future research are provided. Copyright © Hammill Institute on Disabilities 2019.
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