Brief Report: Vocational Outcomes for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders at Six Months After Virtual Reality Job Interview Training

Matthew J. Smith*, Michael F. Fleming, Michael A. Wright, Molly Losh, Laura Boteler Humm, Dale Olsen, Morris D. Bell

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Abstract

Young adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have low employment rates and job interviewing presents a critical barrier to employment for them. Results from a prior randomized controlled efficacy trial suggested virtual reality job interview training (VR-JIT) improved interviewing skills among trainees with ASD, but not controls with ASD. We conducted a brief survey with 23 of 26 participants from this study to evaluate their vocational outcomes at 6-month follow-up with a focus on whether or not they attained a competitive position (employment or competitive volunteering). Logistic regression indicated VR-JIT trainees had greater odds of attaining a competitive position than controls (OR 7.82, p < 0.05). Initial evidence suggests VR-JIT is a promising intervention that enhances vocational outcomes among young adults with high-functioning ASD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3364-3369
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume45
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 22 2015

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Virtual reality training
  • Vocational outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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