Using Technology-Based Interventions to Improve the Social-Communication Skills of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Dr. Nicole Anthony

Dr. Cynthia Wooten

Fayetteville State University

This issue ofNASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder series comes from the Fall 2021 edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP). It was written by Dr. Nicole Anthony and Dr. Cynthia Wooten from Fayetville State University. For more than two decades, researchers have used technology-based interventions to treat symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Drawing on a preference for technology-driven devices, many advances have been made in the research and treatment of  ASD; however, the overwhelming majority of the technology-based interventions are used to address the social-communication challenges of children with ASD under the age of 10 years-old. Thus, the literature review aims to: (a) identify and examine studies that have used technology-based interventions over the past 30 years to improve the social-communication abilities of adolescents with ASD; (b) summarize findings of relevant variables (e.g., participant demographics, experimental setting, and technology-based strategies used to deliver the intervention); and (c) based on reported empirical outcomes, it will be determined, if technology-based interventions are effective in improving the social-communication skills of adolescents with ASD. Results of the current review indicated that technology-based are effective when used to address the social-communication skills of adolescents with ASD. Implications for future research are discussed.

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