My Life as an Epic Win: Providing Transitional Support to Young Adults with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders
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Individuals with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HF-ASD) face a number of challenges during the transition to adulthood. Decreased service availability, as well as persistent challenges with self-esteem, anxiety, and self-determination can lead to poor educational attainment, underemployment, dependence on parents, and poor relationship outcomes. The My Life as an Epic Win course was designed to address this gap in transitional support and provide young adults with HF-ASD the skills necessary to experience more positive adult outcomes. The current study looked to examine the effect of the Epic Win curriculum on self-esteem, transitional anxiety and problem solving, and self-determination for five participants, who had all been diagnosed with HF-ASD. The course was evaluated by administering three questionnaires and conducting interviews pre and post delivery of the Epic Win curriculum. It was hypothesized that there would be an increase in self-esteem, self-determination and problem solving competence, and a decrease in transitional anxiety. None of the research hypotheses were supported through analysis of the questionnaires; however, the interview provided support for increased self-esteem following completion of the course. The study’s results, limitations and future direction will be discussed.