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Autism. 2018 Nov;22(8):983-994. doi: 10.1177/1362361317716606. Epub 2017 Sep 15.

Preliminary efficacy of a daily living skills intervention for adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder.

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1 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA.
2 University of Kentucky, USA.


Daily living skills deficits are strongly associated with poor adult outcomes for individuals with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, and yet, there are no group interventions targeting daily living skills. Seven adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and their parents participated in a feasibility pilot of a 12-week manualized group treatment targeting specific daily living skills (i.e. morning routine, cooking, laundry, and money management). Outcomes included the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Second Edition (Vineland-II) age equivalence scores and four goal attainment scaling scores. Adolescents demonstrated significant improvement on two Vineland-II subdomains and on all goal attainment scaling scores at post-treatment and 6-month follow-up. The intervention has promise for improving critical daily living skills' deficits that affect independent living and employment. Limitations and implications for future studies are discussed.


adolescents; autism spectrum disorders; daily living skills; goal attainment scaling; interventions—psychosocial/behavioral


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