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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 585–593 | Cite as

The Effects of Covert Audio Coaching on Teaching Clerical Skills to Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Kyle D. BennettEmail author
  • Rangasamy Ramasamy
  • Toby Honsberger
Original Paper

Abstract

Employment instruction for secondary students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has received very little attention in the professional literature. However, adults with ASD usually have difficulty maintaining employment for a variety of reasons, including problems with performing work tasks. This study used a multiple baseline design across participants to examine the effects of performance feedback on the participants’ ability to independently make photocopies. Feedback was delivered privately through a two-way radio and earbud speaker. The results support the conclusion that the intervention, covert audio coaching, was effective in increasing the participants’ accuracy in making photocopies. Specifically, participants demonstrated mastery of the skill within 4–5 sessions, and their improvements maintained for several weeks following intervention.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorder Transition and secondary special education Employment training Performance feedback Covert audio coaching 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors thank Danielle Doherty for assisting us with data collection throughout this project.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyle D. Bennett
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rangasamy Ramasamy
    • 2
  • Toby Honsberger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Teaching and Learning, College of EducationFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Exceptional Student EducationFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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