Evaluation of a strengths-based outreach program for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

External PersonnelTele Tan, Sonya Girdler, Marita Falkmer, Matt Jones, Patricia Howlin
Project FundingBankwest Curtin Economics Centre
Project StatusComplete

Project Summary

The Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) runs a pilot strengths-based intervention program for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This intervention is ensconced within an extra-curricular outreach and mentoring program that encourages adolescents with ASD to leverage their unique skills across the domains of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention program in improving intrinsic factors that predict success in transitioning to tertiary education and gaining skills that will enhance employment opportunities for adolescents with ASD.

Project Outputs

A strength-based program for adolescents with autism Matthew Jones, Marita Falkmer, Ben Milbourn, Tele Tan, Louise Sheehy, Sven Bölte, Sonya Girdler It is widely recognised that many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have abilities and strengths well suited to employment in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry. Despite this, their overall employment rate remains marginal. Recent studies have proposed that implementing... Read article 11 September 2018Feature Read More