Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 45, Issue 12, pp 3805–3819 | Cite as

Technology-Aided Interventions and Instruction for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Samuel L. Odom
  • Julie L. Thompson
  • Susan Hedges
  • Brian A. Boyd
  • Jessica R. Dykstra
  • Michelle A. Duda
  • Kathrine L. Szidon
  • Leann E. Smith
  • Aimee Bord
Original Paper

Abstract

The use of technology in intervention and instruction for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing at a striking rate. The purpose of this paper is to examine the research literature underlying the use of technology in interventions and instruction for high school students with ASD. In this paper, authors propose a theoretical and conceptual framework for examining the use of technology by and for adolescents with ASD in school, home, and community settings. This framework is then used to describe the research literature on efficacy of intervention and instruction that utilizes technology. A review of the literature from 1990 to the end of 2013 identified 30 studies that documented efficacy of different forms of technology and their impact on academics, adaptive behavior, challenging behavior, communication, independence, social competence, and vocational skills.

Keywords

Technology Autism spectrum disorder Adolescents Natural settings 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel L. Odom
    • 1
    • 2
  • Julie L. Thompson
    • 3
  • Susan Hedges
    • 4
  • Brian A. Boyd
    • 8
  • Jessica R. Dykstra
    • 4
  • Michelle A. Duda
    • 9
  • Kathrine L. Szidon
    • 6
  • Leann E. Smith
    • 6
  • Aimee Bord
    • 7
  1. 1.Center on Secondary Education for Students with ASDChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Frank Porter Graham Child Development InstituteUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Counseling, Education, Psychology, & Special EducationMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  4. 4.Frank Porter Graham Child Development InstituteUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  5. 5.Frank Porter Graham Child Development InstituteUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  6. 6.Waismann CenterUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  7. 7.UC Davis MIND InstituteSacramentoUSA
  8. 8.Division of Occupational Sciences, Department of Allied HealthUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  9. 9.Frank Porter Graham Child Development InstituteUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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