Project KONTAKT

Genotype and behavioural effects of social skills training for children and adolescents with autism spectrum conditions: an RCT multicentre study

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the research project KONTAKT, social skills training in groups for children and adolescents with autism spectrum conditions!

Recruitment for the KONTAKT project is now complete. Since we started the project in the autumn of 2012, more than 400 families have heard from us and expressed their interest. Unfortunately, not everyone has been offered a place, but many children and teenagers have joined our KONTAKT groups at various clinics in Stockholm County. We would like to extend a big thank you to all of you who have shown your interest and thus made this study possible.

What is KONTAKT?

KONTAKT is a social skills training in a group for children and young people with high-functioning ASC. The program is based on behavioural principles and is based on the child's chosen problem behaviours, knowledge of social cognition and cooperation with both parents and teachers. The group treatment includes exercises in social skills as well as discussions about social cognition, social interaction, self-reflection and a description of oneself and others.

The child trains to make contact, to understand and follow social rules, to perceive verbal and non-verbal signals in a communication, to develop problem-solving ability and coping strategies for dealing with conflict situations and to practice the ability to be aware of oneself and others. As a result, self-confidence is strengthened.

Dissertation on KONTAKT

In the spring of 2016, psychologist Nora Choque Olsson defended her dissertation on the project.

KONTAKT: clinical training

KIND offer courses for international clinicians interested in implementing "KONTAKT - Social skills training for children and adolescents with autism" in their clinic. See information below.

KONTAKT is an evidence-based and manualized social skills group training for children (8-12 years) and adolescents (13-19 years) with autism (ASD) without intellectual disability. Based on cognitive behavioural therapeutic-principles;  group activities and themed discussions regarding social cognition, social interaction and self-reflection and reflection of others social behaviors are completed according to a recurring agenda. Participants are included in either a short (12 sessions) or a long (24 sessions) version of the program in a group (4-8 participants) with at least two group-trainers.

In order to become a KONTAKT group trainer it is strongly recommended that you complete methodological training.

The international KONTAKT: clinical training is offered online via Canvas – a learning platform – two timer per year. The course ranges over one month and consists of self-learning modules, completed at participants own pace, as well as a live joint seminar with fellow course participants and the instructors. Instructors are available online throughout the course.

Certified KONTAKT trainer

In order to become a certified KONTAKT trainer, structured methodological supervision and training is required. KIND manages training and certification. Following completion of the course KONTAKT: clinical training the trainer is required to lead a KONTAKT-group while getting structured supervision by KONTAKT-educators at KIND (3 h/month). After that, the trainer will lead a KONTAKT-group independently, i.e. without structured supervision. Over this period the trainer share a recorded KONTAKT-session with KIND for assessment of training skills prior to certification. A certified KONTAKT-trainer may lead KONTAKT-groups independently and offer KONTAKT: clinical training as well as KONTAKT: supervision to other professionals within their organization. For more information and information on scheduled courses, please contact KIND:s course administrator Lisa Wilsson: lisa.wilsson@ki.se

KONTAKT: clinical supervision

You may request methodological supervision of KONTAKT-implementation following participation in the course KONTAKT: clinical training. For more information and information on scheduled courses, please contact KIND:s course administrator Lisa Wilsson: lisa.wilsson@ki.se

Certified KONTAKT educator

To become a certified KONTAKT educator you express interest to KIND. Following this, KIND will observe when the candidate delivers KONTAKT: clinical training within their organization. A certified KONTAKT educator may lead KONTAKT-groups independently as well as offer other professionals the course KONTAKT: clinical training and KONTAKT: supervision, both within their organization and to other organisations. For more information and information on scheduled courses, please contact KIND:s course administrator Lisa Wilsson: lisa.wilsson@ki.se

Contact us:

 

 

Sven Bölte

Professor/psychologist
K6 Department of Women's and Children's Health

Anna Fridell

Psychologist

Department:K6 Department of Women's and Children's Health

Christina Coco

Affiliated to research
K6 Department of Women's and Children's Health