Autism Spectrum Disorder is an increasing epidemic among young children, but the current research often fails to include observations of these children. This project consisted of a case study of a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder that included both observations and interviews. The child was observed during a social skills group where he participated with other children with Autism Spectrum disorders and an interview was held with his mother immediately following one of the sessions. The Lifestyle Performance Model was used as a guide during the research process to formulate questions and make connections between the child’s lifestyle and the value of his daily occupations. Both the social skills group and the interview were structured using the Lifestyle Performance Model and each of the domains was represented. Based on the domains presented in the model, the child was assessed for intrinsic gratification, reciprocal interpersonal relatedness, societal contribution, and self-care/maintenance. The key question raised during the research process was if these domains are in harmony in the child’s life and if the environment supports or inhibits occupational performance. Ultimately it was found that the child demonstrated occupational deficits in all four of the domains and he needs to improve in all of the areas before he can have a satisfactory lifestyle.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2014


Peggy P. Wittman

Department/Professional Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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Degree Name

Honors Scholars


Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy