Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Linda A. LeBlanc

Second Advisor

Dr. James Carr

Third Advisor

Tina Goldsmith


J. Wolpe first accomplished the use of a behavioral approach to social skills intervention in 1958, during his treatment of patients in psychiatric institutions (Algozzine, Serna, & Patton, 2001). This research led to an expansion in its use with a variety of populations, including children with behavior disorders (Algozzine, Serna, & Patton, 2001). The use of these procedures in the treatment of children with Asperger's syndrome (AS) and High Functioning (HF) Autism has been a recent interest of many scholars (Attwood, 2000; Gresham, 1998). Children with AS and HF Autism show great deficits in the socialization aspects of the development of relationships, therefore are likely candidates for such interventions (Attwood, 2000).

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only