Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 44, Issue 9, pp 2290–2300

Interview Skills for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial


    • Florida State University Autism Institute
  • Allison Leatzow
    • Florida State University Autism Institute
  • Sarah Clark
    • Florida State University Autism Institute
  • Michael Siller
    • Hunter College/CUNY
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-014-2100-3

Cite this article as:
Morgan, L., Leatzow, A., Clark, S. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2014) 44: 2290. doi:10.1007/s10803-014-2100-3


The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the efficacy of the interview skills curriculum (ISC), a manualized 12-week group-delivered intervention for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This intervention aims to increase social–pragmatic skills essential to a successful job interview. Twenty-eight adults (18–36 years) were randomly assigned to one of two groups: ISC or waitlist control. Results revealed that the experimental group showed larger gains in social–pragmatic skills observed during a mock job interview than the control group. Treatment effects on distal outcomes, including social adaptive behaviors and depressive symptoms were not significant, although the respective effect sizes were medium/large. Results indicate that a brief, low-intensity treatment can improve the job-interview performance of young adults with ASD.


ASD Autism Adults Randomized controlled trial Social skills Intervention

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