Graduation Date

5-2019

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Health Science

Director of the Honors Program

Lynn Sondag, MFA

First Reader

Laura Greiss Hess, PhD, OTR/L

Second Reader

Julia Wilbarger, PhD, OTR/L

Abstract

Video modeling (VM) is a form of assistive technology (AT) and is an evidence based practice (EBP) for teaching skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (Franzone & Collet-Klingenberg, 2008). Currently, almost half of 25-year-olds with ASD have never been employed (Autism Speaks, n.d.). The national cost of care for adults with ASD ranges between $175-196 billion dollars annually, the majority of which is spent on supported living facilities (Ganz, 2007). The high rate of unemployment and financial commitment currently required to support those with ASD, indicates a need to promote life skill acquisition, which is an essential area for occupational therapy (OT) intervention. VM is a strengths-based intervention because visual processing tends to be an area of strength for individuals with ASD, while auditory processing tends to be an area of relative weakness (Campbell, Morgan, Barnett, & Spreat, 2015). By using the strengths-based approach of VM, occupational therapists can better foster vocational skills to increase employment seeking, employment acquisition, and job performance.

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