Transitioning to adulthood: Implementing a modified CO-OP approach to improve the occupational performance of youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

There is a current lack of evidence-based, client-centred interventions to support youth with ASD in developing their life skills necessary for their successful transition to adulthood. The Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach is a client-centred, meta-cognitive intervention that supports skill acquisition through the use of global and domain specific cognitive strategies. Preliminary research has shown the promise of using the CO-OP approach with youth with ASD in achieving motor-based, social and organizational goals. The purpose of this study evaluate if the CO-OP approach delivered in a group format, is successful in supporting youth with ASD improve their independence and performance of their chosen life skill goals. This study will lay a foundation to support the development of an evidence-based intervention approach when working with youth with ASD focused on developing life skills necessary for their successful transition to adulthood.

Richa Mehta
Faculty Supervisor: 
Jessie Wilson;Angela Mandich
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