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

Amanda Smith-Demers, Adam W McCrimmon, Katrina S Shaw


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. 


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

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