The strategies in the Skills® curriculum are grounded on over 40 years of research on the use of
ABA-based procedures for teaching skills to individuals with autism. The Skills® assessment has been shown to have excellent validity (Persicke et al., 2014) and the language subscale to have excellent reliability (Dixon, Tarbox, Najdowski, Wilke, & Granpeesheh, 2011). The BIP Builder has been shown to increase the use of function-based treatment components (Tarbox, Najdowski, & Bergstrom, 2013). Several studies have been published based on procedures from Skills® lessons.
Validity of Skills® Assessment
Persicke, A., Bishop, M. R., Coffman, C. M., Najdowski, A. C., Tarbox, J., Chi, K., Dixon, D. R., Granpeesheh, D., Adams, A. N., Jang, J., Ranick, J., St. Clair, M., Kenzer, A. L., Sharaf, S. S., & Deering, A. (2014). Evaluation of the concurrent validity of a Skills® assessment for autism treatment. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8, 281-285.
Reliability of Language Subscale of SKILLS® Assessment
Dixon, D. R., Tarbox, J., Najdowski, A. C., Wilke, A. E., & Granpeesheh, D. (2011). A comprehensive evaluation of language for early behavioral intervention programs: The reliability of the SKILLS language index. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5, 506-511.
Evaluation of the SKILLS® BIP Builder
Tarbox, J., Najdowski, A. C., Bergstrom, R., Wilke, A., Bishop, M., Kenzer, A., & Dixon, D. (2013). Randomized evaluation of a web-based tool for designing function-based behavioral intervention plans. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(12), 1509-1517.
Adapted from SKILLS® Working Memory lesson:
Baltruschat, L., Hasselhorn, M., Tarbox, J., Dixon, D. R., Najdowski, A., Mullins, R. D., & Gould, E.R. (2012). The effects of multiple exemplar training on a working memory task involving sequential responding in children with autism.
The Psychological Record, 62, 549-562.
Adapted from SKILLS® Safety Awareness lesson:
Bergstrom, R., Najdowski, A.C., & Tarbox, J. (2012). Teaching children with autism to seek help when lost in public.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 191-195.
Adapted from SKILLS® Sensory Perspective Taking lesson:
Gould, E., Tarbox, J., O'Hora, D., Noone, S., & Bergstrom, R. (2011). Teaching children with autism a basic component skill of perspective-taking. Behavioral Interventions, 26, 50-66.
Adapted from SKILLS® Disengagement lesson:
Persicke, A., St Clair, M., Tarbox, J., Najdowski, A., Ranick, J., Yu, Y., & de Nocker, Y. L. (2013). Teaching children with autism to attend to socially relevant stimuli. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(12), 1551-1557.
Adapted from SKILLS® Detecting Sarcasm lesson:
Persicke, A., Tarbox, J., Ranick, J., & St. Clair, M. (2013). Teaching children with autism to detect and respond to sarcasm. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 193-198.
Adapted from SKILLS® Deception lesson:
Ranick, J., Persicke, A., Tarbox, J., & Kornack, J.A. (2013). Teaching children with autism to detect and respond to deceptive statements. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 503-508.
Adapted from SKILLS® Following Rules lesson:
Tarbox, J., Zuckerman, C. K., Bishop, M. R., Olive, M. L., & O'Hora, D. P. (2011). Rule-governed behavior: Teaching a preliminary repertoire of rule-following to children with autism. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 27, 125-139.
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