Research Article  |   September 2015
Effectiveness of Work, Activities of Daily Living, Education, and Sleep Interventions for People With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review
Author Affiliations
  • Lindy L. Weaver, MOT, OTR/L, is Doctoral Candidate, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus; lindy.weaver@osumc.edu
Article Information
Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder / Evidence-Based Practice / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / School-Based Practice / Special Issue on Autism: Evidence Review
Research Article   |   September 2015
Effectiveness of Work, Activities of Daily Living, Education, and Sleep Interventions for People With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 2015, Vol. 69, 6905180020p1-6905180020p11. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.017962
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 2015, Vol. 69, 6905180020p1-6905180020p11. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.017962
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. To examine interventions addressing work, activities of daily living (ADLs), instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), education, and sleep for people with autism spectrum disorder.

METHOD. A total of 23 studies were identified, and 9 work-, 11 ADL/IADL-, and 3 education-related interventions were examined. No sleep studies were identified.

RESULTS. Use of mobile and tablet technologies for vocational skills was supported. Support for ADL/IADL intervention is variable, with indications that Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance, sensory integration, and contextual interventions may increase occupational performance. Preliminary evidence suggests that daily yoga and brief exercise may improve classroom performance and behavior; group physical activities may assist with school readiness variables. Evidence for using technologies for IADLs was limited, as was evidence determining effective interventions for feeding and eating issues.

CONCLUSIONS. Studies investigating interventions related to sleep are lacking. More studies are needed in all areas, presenting opportunities for the expansion of science-driven occupational therapy practice and research for people with ASD.