Using off-the-shelf solutions as assistive technology to support the self-management of academic tasks for autistic university students

Sean J. O'Neill, Sinéad Smyth*

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Abstract

Having the skills to self-manage the demands of academic life in third level education is critical to the successful completion of courses taken there. Independent study behaviour is an aspect of university life that pervades all topics but one that requires the self-management of time in relation to study goals. Individuals with additional educational needs, such as autism, often have difficulty self-managing independent study. This may result in students failing to meet the standards required for successful course completion. The current study (n=2) used a range bound changing criterion design to evaluate the effects of a behavioural intervention that included assistive technology in the form of a smartphone and wearable smartwatch. The intervention targeted duration of independent study behaviour for increase amongst university students with autism. The intervention combined self-management (goal setting, self-monitoring, self-recording) together with assistive tech. to prompt engagement in, and recording of, independent study behaviour. Findings showed the intervention to be effective at increasing independent study duration for autistic adults attending third level education.
Original languageEnglish
Article number36
Pages (from-to)173-187
Number of pages15
JournalAssistive Technology
Volume36
Issue number2
Early online date17 Jul 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2024

Keywords

  • Self-management, smartwatch, smartphone, ASD, smart device, intervention, higher education.

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