A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of the ACCESS Program: A Group Intervention to Improve Social, Adaptive Functioning, Stress Coping, and Self-Determination Outcomes in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Tasha M. Oswald, Breanna Winder-Patel, Steven Ruder, Guibo Xing, Aubyn Stahmer, Marjorie Solomon Friedman

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Abstract

The purpose of this pilot randomized controlled trial was to investigate the acceptability and efficacy of the Acquiring Career, Coping, Executive control, Social Skills (ACCESS) Program, a group intervention tailored for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to enhance critical skills and beliefs that promote adult functioning, including social and adaptive skills, self-determination skills, and coping self-efficacy. Forty-four adults with ASD (ages 18–38; 13 females) and their caregivers were randomly assigned to treatment or waitlist control. Compared to controls, adults in treatment significantly improved in adaptive and self-determination skills, per caregiver report, and self-reported greater belief in their ability to access social support to cope with stressors. Results provide evidence for the acceptability and efficacy of the ACCESS Program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Dec 12 2017

Keywords

  • Adults
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • CBT for Anxiety
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Self-determination
  • Social skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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