We are currently searching for interventions that can help Rob keep a job. We have heard that working with a job coach is one such intervention; but Rob has to be willing to work with a job coach; and then he has to be willing to do what the job coach suggests. Both have been issues so far. Rob steadfastly refuses to identify as AS at work, which both job coaches we have employed have suggested that he do. He is also resisting identifying as AS at school.

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Google “vocational interventions for young adults with autism” and you’ll get more than 200,000 results. But a new study finds there’s little science to backup the efficacy of current methods used to help young adults with these neurodevelopmental disorders segue into the workforce.

“There’s startlingly little information on the best ways to help adolescents and adults with autism achieve their maximum potential in the workplace and across the board,” says lead study author Julie Lounds Taylor.

Taylor and her colleagues at Vanderbilt University sifted through more than 4,500 studies that made reference to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and therapies and found only 32 studies published between January 1980 and December 2011 that met their basic criteria, including having at least 20 study participants between the ages of 13 and 30.

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