Dr. Jessie Wilson, MSc, OT, PhD; Dr. Angela Mandich, PhD; Dr. Lilian Magalhães, MEd, PhD; Dr. Kaity Gain, PhD
Background: To explore the experiences of adolescents with ASD participating in a novel occupationally based intervention.
Methods: The intervention used concept mapping in combination with the CO-OP approach with 10 adolescents with ASD in a 4-week program focused on developing life skills they deemed as important in their transition to adulthood. A descriptive qualitative approach was employed using deductive thematic analysis informed by Self-Determination Theory and occupationally relevant theoretical frameworks. This study is part of a larger feasibility project and focuses on the analysis of participant reflections and researcher field notes.
Results: Five themes emerged: finding a sense of balance through negotiating tensions; a sense of “we” and a sense of “I”; selecting purposeful, meaningful, and authentic occupations; multimodal tools; and action through participating in doing.
Conclusion: This study highlights valuable participant insights into their involvement in a novel occupationally based intervention that will inform the program’s on-going development and implementation.
Wilson, J., Mandich, A., Magalhaes, L., & Gain, K. (2018). Concept Mapping and the CO-OP Approach with Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Exploring Participant Experiences. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 6(4). https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1455