Autism and employment: Human interaction training program

Created: 05/08/2014 7:00 AM WHEC.com

Adults with autism often have difficulty finding a job, in part because they tend to have poor interview skills. In 2009, only one-third of these young adults was employed.

But now a new human simulation training program, created by researchers at Northwestern University, is helping improve job-seekers' social communication and confidence.

The system uses interactive role playing to help adults on the autism spectrum learn how to sound interested, enthusiastic and capable during a job interview.

Researchers say during testing, the program improved self-confidence scores by 22-percent and role play scores by 11-percent.

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