Technology-Aided Interventions and Instruction for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Dec;45(12):3805-19. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2320-6.


The use of technology in intervention and instruction for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing at a striking rate. The purpose of this paper is to examine the research literature underlying the use of technology in interventions and instruction for high school students with ASD. In this paper, authors propose a theoretical and conceptual framework for examining the use of technology by and for adolescents with ASD in school, home, and community settings. This framework is then used to describe the research literature on efficacy of intervention and instruction that utilizes technology. A review of the literature from 1990 to the end of 2013 identified 30 studies that documented efficacy of different forms of technology and their impact on academics, adaptive behavior, challenging behavior, communication, independence, social competence, and vocational skills.

Keywords: Adolescents; Autism spectrum disorder; Natural settings; Technology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / rehabilitation*
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods*
  • Humans
  • Social Skills