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New Research from NIDILRR: Covert Audio Coaching Shows Promise to Help Young Adults with ASD to Navigate Peer Conversations

Various coaching programs have been developed to teach conversational skills to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a developmental disability that affects how people communicate and process information, particularly in social interactions. One such program uses “bug-in-ear” technology, also known as Covert Audio Coaching (CAC), and allows a coach to communicate with a client in real time with headphones or an earpiece to provide discreet feedback on their actions or behaviors.

This article shares the results of a recent study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), in which researchers tested a CAC program to find out if the CAC would assist the students with ASD to ask more questions in conversations with their peers, and if providing feedback on the number of questions asked would lead to more independent question-asking.

“For Those with ASD, Virtual Reality Could Help Improve Police Encounters”

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research (CAR) and the creator of Floreo, an immersive viewing/education system, are examining whether virtual reality can be an effective tool to teach people with autism how to respond to law enforcement officers they may encounter in the real world.