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Pilot of the BOOST-A: An online transition planning program for adolescents with autism
Curtin University, Australia; Cooperat Research Centre Living Autism Autism CRC, Australia.
Curtin University, Australia.
Curtin University, Australia; Cooperat Research Centre Living Autism Autism CRC, Australia.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Pain and Rehabilitation Center. Curtin University, Australia; Cooperat Research Centre Living Autism Autism CRC, Australia.
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2017 (English)In: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, ISSN 0045-0766, E-ISSN 1440-1630, Vol. 64, no 6, p. 448-456Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BackgroundMany adolescents with autism face difficulties with the transition from high school into post-school activities. The Better OutcOmes amp; Successful Transitions for Autism (BOOST-A) is an online transition planning program which supports adolescents on the autism spectrum to prepare for leaving school. This study describes the development of the BOOST-A and aimed to determine the feasibility and viability of the program. MethodsTwo pilot studies were conducted. In Pilot A, the BOOST-A was trialled by six adolescents on the autism spectrum, their parents, and the professionals who worked with them, to determine its feasibility. In Pilot B, 88 allied health professionals (occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and psychologists) reviewed the BOOST-A to determine its viability. ResultsParticipants rated the BOOST-A as a feasible tool for transition planning. The majority of allied health professionals agreed that it was a viable program. Based on participant feedback, the BOOST-A was modified to improve usability and feasibility. ConclusionThe BOOST-A is a viable and feasible program that has the potential to assist adolescents with autism in preparing for transitioning out of high school. Future research will determine the effectiveness of the BOOST-A with adolescents across Australia.

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WILEY , 2017. Vol. 64, no 6, p. 448-456
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adolescence; autism spectrum disorder; disability; schools; work
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Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-143933DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12410ISI: 000417208500005PubMedID: 28722152OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-143933DiVA, id: diva2:1169779
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Funding Agencies|Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship from the Australian Federal Government; Curtin University; Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) under the Australian Governments Cooperative Research Centres Program

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