High School SUCCESS: Vocational Soft Skills Program for Transition-Age ASD Youth (TAY SUCCESS)


Rady Children's Hospital

Status and phase

Phase 1


Autism Spectrum Disorder


Behavioral: TAY SUCCESS
Other: Usual Care

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


By utilizing community-based participatory research methods, this research was conducted in collaboration with the community through our partnership of researchers, educators, providers and consumers (Active Collaborative Hub for Individuals with ASD to Enhance Vocation and Education- ACHIEVE) to adapt a vocational soft skills program, Supported, Comprehensive Cognitive Enhancement & Social Skills (SUCCESS), for Transition Age Youth (TAY). The first step (years 1-2) involved adapting the intervention for autistic TAY by including feedback from multiple stakeholders and developing a curriculum to be implemented in both High Schools and Transition programs for the specific needs of autistic TAY and alpha piloting it. It involved understanding further the educational context for TAY students and current services available to prepare students for secondary outcomes of employment and/or college through a county wide survey. Step 2 (years 2-3) included pilot testing the feasibility, acceptability, implementation procedures and initial youth outcomes of the TAY SUCCESS intervention and further refining the curriculum and protocols. Findings demonstrated improvements in executive functioning and social functioning targets as well as distal outcomes of self-efficacy, mental health, educational and work behaviors and attitudes. The study results were disseminated through the ACHIEVE group as well as at conferences, website and publication.

Full description

Aim: With our ACHIEVE partners , develop the High School Supported, Comprehensive Cognitive Enhancement and Social Skills (SUCCESS) program to fit the needs of transition-age youth with ASD within the community educational system. Standardize the TAY SUCCESS program by developing a facilitator manual, student workbook and corresponding support person materials. Develop a training protocol that can be individualized and implemented within the HS educational system to provide initial training and ongoing coaching for educators to reach and sustain intervention fidelity. Aim: Conduct a pilot study to examine the feasibility, acceptability, and implementation procedures (recruitment, randomization, retention & training strategies) of TAY SUCCESS and to obtain estimates of effects to support a future large-scale effectiveness trial. Examine intervention feasibility, acceptability, satisfaction, and sustainability. Examine preliminary outcomes (executive functioning and social functioning)


42 patients




15 to 22 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • autism spectrum disorder
  • 15-22 yrs
  • communicative English language
  • enrolled in participating high school or transition program

Exclusion criteria

  • intellectual disability
  • Other significant mental health

Trial design

42 participants in 2 patient groups

TAY SUCCESS intervention
Experimental group
This intervention group received the TAY SUCCESS intervention over the course of 1 school year approximately 30 sessions.
Behavioral: TAY SUCCESS
Usual Care
Active Comparator group
This usual care group received typical High school or transition program curriculum over the course of 1 school year.
Other: Usual Care

Trial documents

Trial contacts and locations



Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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