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I-Connect Plus: Enhancing Community Participation for Adolescents and Adults with ASD using Online Instruction, Tele-Coaching, and Accessible Self-Management Technologies

Debra Kamps (PI); Howard Wills (CoPI); Linda Heitzman-Powell (CoPI); Rose Mason (CoPI); Jay Buzhardt (CoPI) and Ben Mason (CoPI)

 10/01/13 - 9/30/18

H133A13032

Most recent analysis of post-secondary outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) indicate they are less likely to pursue postsecondary education/vocational training and/or be gainfully employed when compared to those with other disabilities. Further, the majority of persons with ASD continue to be dependent upon their parents or other caregivers for shelter, food, and financial support throughout their adulthood (Taylor et al., 2012). However, there is a paucity of evidence regarding effective interventions to support and strengthen post-secondary outcomes and minimize risk for this population. The proposed I-CONNECT PLUS project will focus on developing a technology supported instructional system for (a) teaching social competence, problem solving, and organization using self-monitoring skills to increase active engagement in community settings for adolescents and young adults with ASD; (b) providing remote tele-coaching by community providers, peers, and family members for promoting generalized use; and (c) use of self-management and monitoring of outcomes to promote independence and full engagement across settings. This will be accomplished through direct social skills instruction (Parker & Kamps, 2011) with embedded video modeling (Mason et al., 2012), delivered through a mobile interface that includes the capacity for virtual coaching and real-time self-monitoring (Wills & Mason, 2013). Objectives include:

Objective 1. To develop instructional technology including use of mobile applications “I-CONNECT PLUS” to teach social competence, problem solving, and organization/self-monitoring skills for adolescents and young adults with ASD.

Objective 2. To develop tele-coaching materials to generalize skills to community settings.

Objective 3. To adapt I-CONNECT self-management system to include applicable systemfeatures (e.g. skill task analysis, link to instructional modules) for I-CONNECT PLUS.

Objective 4. To conduct initial pilot trial of the entire I-CONNECT PLUS program.

Objective 5. To assess feasibility of I-CONNECT PLUS-typical agents as implementers (24 participants with ASD and relevant service providers.

Project design includes an iterative development process including Focus Groups, usabilitytesting, and a series of Pilot Studies. A total of 50 participants with ASD, and their serviceproviders, parents, related community persons will participate. Measures include observation andrecordings of Focus Group activities and use of I-CONNECT PLUS components, usabilitysurveys, user satisfaction surveys, and intervention rating forms. Measures of potential outcomesinclude pre-post quizzes, accuracy of skill use and self-monitoring, community engagement; andassessments of social skills, quality of life, independent living, and consumer/caregiver stress.

 


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