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Examining the Effects of a Job Entry Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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. 

Duration

Participation lasts approximately 8-10 weeks. 

Inclusion Criteria
  • 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.
Compensation

Participants who complete the study receive $30 for their time. 

Research Categories
Pediatric
Tele Studies
Pediatric Autism
Healthy Volunteers
Actively Recruiting
Yes
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