A systematic literature review of empirical research on postsecondary students with autism spectrum disorder

Anastasia H. Anderson*, Jennifer Stephenson, Mark Carter, Sarah Carlon

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    Abstract

    The findings from a systematic literature review of 24 empirical studies of interventions for post-secondary students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are reported in this study. A diverse range of interventions were examined, many of which appeared feasible and high rates of participant satisfaction were also reported. Differing responses within and among interventions may point to the possible need for individualized supports. Few studies analyzed a specific academic support despite many students with ASD indicating they prefer these supports and that they find them useful. This may highlight the need for participant preferences to be given more consideration when designing supports. Most studies were of poor quality, however, so any conclusions are tentative. Directions for future research were discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1531–1558
    Number of pages28
    JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
    Volume49
    Issue number4
    Early online date8 Dec 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

    Keywords

    • autism spectrum disorder
    • ASD
    • post-secondary
    • university
    • college
    • students

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