Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Vocational Interventions for Young Adults with Autism

Pediatrics published a systemic review on vocational interventions for young adults (ages 13-30 years of age) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Only 5 studies were included and all were of poor quality.  The main focus of the research articles utilized on-the-job supports as the vocational/employment intervention.  The results of the short term studies indicated the following:
  • supported employment was associated with improvements in quality of life (1 study), ASD symptoms (1 study), and cognitive functioning (1 study). 
  • three studies reported that interventions increased rates of employment for young adults with ASD.   
The researchers concluded that there is very little evidence available for specific vocational treatment approaches as individuals transition to adulthood. 

You can read the full text article at Pediatrics.  

Reference: Julie Lounds Taylor et al. A Systematic Review of Vocational Interventions for Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Pediatrics 2012; 130:3 531-538; published ahead of print August 27, 2012, doi:10.1542/peds.2012-0682  

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