Technology-Aided Interventions for Employment Skills in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review

Abstract

There is a growing body of research investigating the effects of technology on remediating the employment challenges experienced by individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The current study provides a focused systematic review of 18 studies identified within the literature to employ technology to teach employment skills to adults with ASD. The review included 13 single-subject research and 5 group designs. Reichow’s (2011) criteria were employed to assess the interventions as evidence-based practice (EBP). Results showed that the use of technology-aided interventions to be effective on increasing employment outcomes for adults with ASD. Furthermore, the current study presented the ranges of employment skills targeted, as well as the focus of intervention towards those with higher functioning ASD. The review also highlights avenues for further research.

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Walsh, E., Holloway, J., McCoy, A. et al. Technology-Aided Interventions for Employment Skills in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review. Rev J Autism Dev Disord 4, 12–25 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40489-016-0093-x

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  • Technology
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Employment
  • Vocational skills