Limitations of the current study include the quasi experimental nature of the

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partner was in a hurry, but did not pick up on these cues in his own environment. Limitations of the current study include the quasi-experimental nature of the design. A true randomized control design with larger samples and other control conditions would be optimal to test the efficacy of SCIT-A. However, at this initial stage of treatment development, we were interested in treatment feasibility, tolerability, and the determination whether SCIT-A has promise. In this regard, we felt that SCIT-A achieved those goals and that SCIT-A appears to be a promising approach for continued development and evaluation. However, these results are clearly preliminary and should therefore be interpreted with caution. Future SCIT-A research should follow accepted guidelines for treatment research in autism (Smith et al., 2006) to further develop this intervention and to examine SCIT-A for use with individuals of different age ranges and abilities.
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SCIT-A 15 Couture, S. M., Penn, D., Hurley, R., Losh, M., & Piven, J. (2005). Social Cognition and Social Functioning in Schizophrenia and High Functioning Autism. Unpublished dissertation. Couture, S. M., Penn, D. L., & Roberts, D. L. (2006). The functional significance of social cognition in schizophrenia: a review. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 32 Suppl 1 , S44-63. Fombonne, E. (2005). Epidemiology of autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 66 , 3-8.
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