Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)

Degree Granting Department

Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Raymond G. Miltenberger, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Tammy Smith, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Karen Berkman, Ph.D.


autism, employment, professional emailing, transition, video modeling


Within the disabilities community, individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis consistently have some of the most detrimental employment related statistics. To address this issue, this study evaluated video modeling, an evidence-based procedure, in teaching professional emailing skills to individuals diagnosed with ASD when applying for a job. Results of the study support video modeling research as an effective teaching tool. Significant skill acquisition, in composing a professional email, occurred across all participants. Seventy-five percent of participants concluded the study at mastery level. Implications of this study are immediately impactful on the ASD community as a new evidence-based transition tool can be made readily available. If individuals use this tool to acquire the professional emailing skill, then it will add to their job-seeking skillset and may increase their likelihood of achieving gainful employment. Keywords: autism, employment, transition, video modeling, professional emailing