“I’m Destined to Ace This”: Work Experience Placement During High School for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Elinda Ai Lim Lee, Melissa H. Black, Tele Tan, Torbjorn Falkmer, Sonya Girdler

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Abstract

As postsecondary outcomes of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are poor, there is a need for programs that aim to improve employment and education outcomes. This study employed a grounded theory approach to explore the key factors contributing to successful work placement experience and the perceived benefits of these placements from the perspective of adolescents with ASD (n = 5), their parents (n = 6) and employers (n = 6). Key factors contributing to success include preparing for the workplace, harnessing strengths and interests and developing work related skills, while the benefits include insight into the workplace, recognising and realising potential, working as a team and the pathway ahead. The findings articulate a framework which could underpin future transition interventions for adolescents with ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3089-3101
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume49
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes

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