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J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 May;48(5):1727-1741. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3441-5.

An Evaluation of a Social Skills Intervention for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities preparing for Employment in Ireland: A Pilot Study.

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1
School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.
2
School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. jennifer.holloway@nuigalway.ie.

Abstract

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are faced with significant barriers relating to employment opportunities and workplace participation. This study evaluated the effectiveness of the Walker social skills curriculum: the ACCESS program and video modeling to increase social communication skills necessary for workplace inclusion. Participants attended two sessions (i.e., 3 h) per week across a period of 20 weeks. A multiple-probe design was used to demonstrate social skills outcomes across three broad curricular areas (i.e., peer-related, adult-related, and self-related social skills). Pre-and post-intervention standardized assessments were also taken. Results showed significant increases in target social skills and a significant decrease in problem behaviors following intervention. Evidence of maintenance and generalization were also demonstrated. Implications for practice and research are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

Adults; Autism spectrum disorder; Employment; Intellectual disability; Social communication skills; Vocational skills

PMID:
29224188
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-017-3441-5

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