Correlates of social competence of children with autism

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Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education Major in Special Education


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Educational Leadership and Management

Thesis Adviser

Jasper Vincent Q. Alontaga

Defense Panel Member

Roberto T. Borromeo
Thelma R. Mingoa
Lilia S. Bautista


The ability to understand owns behavior and of others is called social competence (Haager, Klinger, 2005). It is one of the impairment of a child with autism. In line with this, this study intently to identify which among the variables (i.e., age, sex, birth order, function, socioeconomic status, class size, teachers years of experience, and educational placement) could affect the social competence of CWA and specifically aimed to determine the following: 1) profile of CWA 2) social competence of CWA and 3) correlated variables to social competence of CWA. Instrument used were the Demographic Profile, Social Competence Rating Scale and Structured Interview Form for Social Competence based on The Elements of Social Competence by Kostelnik, Whizen, Soderman, & Gregory (2006) namely: Social Values, Positive Self-Identity, Interpersonal Skills, Self-regulation, Planning, Organizing, Decision-making Skills, and Cultural Competence. It was answered by the attending teachers of CWA. Results indicated that: 1) CWA who participants are in middle and late childhood and mostly middle child, has a autism severity of high functioning, belong to high income families, belong to class size of 5 to 10 and their attending teachers experienced teaching for almost a decade 2) CWA exhibits typical behaviors in the social values and positive-self-identity areas and 3) sex has a significant relationship with planning, organizing, and decision-making skills whereas function has a significant relationship with social values, positive-self-identity, interpersonal identity, self-regulation, and planning, organizing, and decision-making skills among CWA. It is recommended that teachers include activities developing social competence in their daily routines, and administrators to strengthen their curriculum in forming social competence especially in the area of cultural competence.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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1 computer optical disc ; 4 3/4 in.

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