ERIC Number: EJ768938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Outcomes of a Social and Vocational Skills Support Group for Adolescents and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum
Hillier, Ashleigh; Fish, Tom; Cloppert, Patricia; Beversdorf, David Q.
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v22 n2 p107-115 Sum 2007
Adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) frequently experience social isolation and vocational failure. Although social skills groups are vital, relatively few model programs have been developed for this age group. This article reviews the model and evaluation of the Aspirations program, an 8-week social and vocational skills support group for adolescents and young adults with ASD. Self-report measures, including appraisal of peer relations and empathy, were completed pre- and post-Aspirations. Data from structured observations were also examined for changes in frequency of contributions made by group members over the course of the program. In addition, notes taken during staff meetings and feedback sessions with group members, and separately with their parents, were reviewed for further evidence of the program's success. The results from these measures support the efficacy of the Aspirations program and provide insight into implementing a successful model for this population.
Descriptors: Young Adults, Age, Adolescents, Staff Meetings, Social Isolation, Empathy, Autism, Interpersonal Competence, Vocational Education, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Job Skills, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Peer Relationship, Observation, Feedback, Social Support Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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