The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of Virtual Reality (VR) training programs in improving interview skills in adolescents with ASD.
All participants complete a mock job interview (recorded via zoom) and tests and questionnaires online (1-2 hours). Participants with ASD are randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups. Group 1 engages in simulated interviews for 12 sessions, 2x/week (1 hour each) through zoom. The first 9 sessions are completed using a VR application at home and include simulated interviews with a virtual human. Following these 9 sessions, participants engage in 3 sessions of simulated interviews with the human interventionist. Group 2 does not complete the 12 sessions and participates in their regular activities.
On week 8, groups 1 and 2 complete another mock job interview that is recorded via zoom. Some participants will be selected to complete an additional mock interview between sessions 9 and 10.
Participation lasts approximately 8-10 weeks.
- Adolescents aged 16-24 who have been diagnosed with ASD
- age-matched typically developing adolescents selected for the control group (aged 16-24)
- no co-occuring neurological or mental disorders.
Participants who complete the study receive $30 for their time.