Vocational Training for Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Effectiveness of the Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES)

Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder, vocation, intervention, adolescents, young adults

Abstract

There are few specific, validated vocational training programs for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES) is a functional vocational skills training tool that teaches and measures vocational potential in individuals with developmental disabilities.  This project utilized a mixed methods approach to better understand the effectiveness of PAES in enhancing the vocational abilities of twelve adolescents and young adults with ASD.  Results indicate a statistically significant improvement in vocational skill and behaviour after completing PAES.  Additional qualitative interviews with parents and attendees highlight four primary themes: strengths, benefits derived, limitations, and program suggestions.  Implications of these findings are discussed. 

Author Biographies

Amanda Smith-Demers, University of Calgary

Werklund School of Education, School and Applied Child Psychology, Doctoral Candidate

 

Adam W McCrimmon, University of Calgary

Adam McCrimmon, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Associate Professor

Educational Studies in School Psychology

Werklund School of Education

Published
2017-04-05
How to Cite
Smith-Demers, A., McCrimmon, A. W., & Shaw, K. S. (2017). Vocational Training for Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Effectiveness of the Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES). Emerging Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Graduate Research in Education and Psychology, 1(1), 1-19. Retrieved from https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/ep/article/view/30346
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