A 6-Month Follow-up of a Daily Living Skills Intervention for High Functioning Adolescents with ASD
Objectives: The primary aim of the current study was to evaluate the sustainability of STRW by assessing primary outcome measures (i.e., Vineland-II Daily Living Skills domain and subdomains, goal attainment scaling) at a 6-month follow-up assessment.
Methods: The pre-post trial consisted of 7 adolescents with ASD between 14-18 years and their parents. All participants had IQs>70 and met criteria for ASD on the ADOS-2. Information on daily living skills was collected using (1) the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, 2nd Edition and (2) a goal attainment scale that was created for each adolescent from a parent interview that assessed skills in the goals targeted in the STRW intervention. STRW consists of 12 group sessions with adolescents and their parents that targets skills in the areas of hygiene, cooking, laundry, and money management. Daily living skills were re-evaluated 6 months after completion of STRW.
Results: The 6-month follow-up assessment of STRW is currently being conducted and will be completed by October 2016. Statistical analyses will be conducted to examine primary outcomes.
Conclusions: The current study will assist in determining whether critical daily living skills are sustained and further developed after completion of a daily living skills intervention for high functioning adolescents with ASD. A daily living skills intervention has the potential to directly affect current functioning and future adult outcomes in adolescents with high functioning ASD.