An Emotional Skills Intervention for Elementary Children with Autism in China: A Pilot Study

Gabrielle T. Lee, Sheng Xu, Hua Feng, Gloria K. Lee, Shaoju Jin, Dan Li, Shuangshuang Zhu

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The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the effects of an emotional skills intervention on behavioral and emotional competence, as well as on communication for children with autism in China. Eight children (seven boys and one girl), aged 7 to 8, participated in this study. We used a pre and posttest group design. The intervention consisted of 10 group sessions and four individual sessions. Each group session had two or three children. The intervention curriculum consisted of emotion recognition, emotion recognition within context, self-expression of emotions, seeking help when encountering problems, and techniques for emotion regulation. Results indicated that the intervention significantly improved children’s emotional skills, behavioral and emotional competence, and communication. The potential implications of this study for elementary children with autism in China are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-132
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Rational - Emotive and Cognitive - Behavior Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun 15


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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