Surviving and Thriving in the Real World (STRW)

Surviving and Thriving in the Real World (STRW) is an intervention our team developed to target age appropriate daily living skills including self-care and personal hygiene, laundry, cleaning, cooking and managing money in high school students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). STRW is a 14-week intervention for autistic teens and their parent / caregiver that uses evidence-based strategies (e.g., task analysis, video modeling, technology, reinforcement) to build, master and generalize essential daily living skills that are needed for facilitating a successful transition to the adult world. Our current research studies are evaluating whether STRW leads to changes in daily living skills for autistic teens.

Achieving Independence and Mastery in School (AIMS)

In collaboration with Leanne Tamm, PhD in the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children's, we have been working to develop, refine and test the Achieving Independence and Mastery in School (AIMS) intervention, which targets academic executive functioning skills including getting started on tasks, organizing materials, planning and prioritizing, and using effective study strategies to learn and remember information. AIMS has been adapted from an existing intervention for adolescents with ADHD to be used with autistic middle school students in either the outpatient clinic setting or the school setting. Our current research studies are examining whether the AIMS intervention impacts executive functioning skills, academic achievement and grades for adolescents with ASD.

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