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Examining the Efficacy of the TEACCH School Transition to Employment and Post SecondaryEducation Program


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The purpose of this project is to conduct a RCT trial examining the efficacy of the TEACCHSchool Transition to Employment and Postsecondary Education (T-STEP) Program. 60 Communitycollege students (18-21 years of age) with autism spectrum disorder will participate ineither the T-STEP Program or manualized counseling services (career, academic, selfcounseling) with both proximal (executive function, social communication, and emotionregulation) and distal (employment, postsecondary education success) outcomes measured. Thelong-term impact of this intervention is to promote a more positive quality of life for youngadults with high functioning ASD including increased postsecondary education completion,employment, self-determination, and decreased difficulties with coping and depression. Due tothe COVID-19 epidemic preventing in person interactions, we have adapted the protocol toconduct online interventions. This adapted protocol has received approval from all regulatorybodies and the adapted intervention and RCT trial will begin in the second year of funding.



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