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Evidence-Based research on interview skills and work:
A pilot study evaluated a new program to help young adults with ASD with interview skills. In Tallahassee, Florida, 28 young people were randomly assigned to either the program or a waiting list. Program participants attended a 90 minute group meeting once a week for twelve weeks. The Interview Skills Curriculum (ISC) was used; meeting topics included hygiene, non-verbal communication, small talk, emotional regulation strategies, closing an interview, and interview follow-up. Games, role play, and video feedback were used. Program leaders had several years of experience working with adults and adolescents with ASD.Before the start of the study and after the program ended, both group members and those on the wait list participated in a mock job interview that was video-taped. Researchers blinded to participant status scored interview performance using the Social Pragmatic Scale (SPS). Group members made significant gains on the SPS while those on the wait list did not.
Work performance evaluation and QoL of adults with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders evaluated a new program to help young adults with ASD with interview skills. 1Behavioral and communication issues sometimes impede people with high functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASD) from professional success despite their job specific competence. Researchers in Israel followed 26 participants (93% male) in a job placement program for young adults with HFASD from placement day to nine months. Each participant was assigned a professional staff member who accompanied him or her during the transition to new job and provided support throughout the time period. Before being placed, participants underwent extensive evaluation including interviews with family, a valid and reliable skills questionnaire, and work simulations. Job placements included work in shops, restaurants, and libraries. All 26 maintained their jobs through nine months follow-up. Self-reported quality of life increased significantly. Both self-assessed and staff assessed to work performance was high to start and remained so.