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The purpose of this pilot study was to determine the effectiveness of video-based instruction (VBI) to support completion of vocational tasks. A mixed-method approach was utilized to explore the use of VBI on a personal digital assistant with adults with autism spectrum disorder. Using two assembling cooking tasks, researchers investigated the level of independence with task completion through written instruction versus VBI. The results indicated a small non-significant increase in the level of independence with task completion during the intervention task independent of intelligence quotient (IQ) levels. Participant’s feedback of VBI was also noted as positive to help learn other tasks. This study presents evidence for the use of assistive technology to support task completion in the area of vocation.
Julia Wilbarger Ph.D., OTR/L
Department of Occupational Therapy, Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA
Autism, Assistive Technology, Video Based Instruction
Chaffee, Erin; Ho, Christina; and Ng, Kevin, "Pilot Study: Assistive Technology as a Vocational Support for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder" (2017). Student Research Posters. 51.