Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Preparing for Adulthood by Patricia Howlin

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Autism and Asperger Syndrome reviews what's recognized approximately adults with autism by way of their social functioning, academic and occupational prestige. Focusing mostly at the difficulties skilled by means of excessive functioning individuals with autism - and people operating with and taking good care of them - the e-book deals sensible methods of facing their problems. every one bankruptcy uses medical case fabric to demonstrate the types of difficulties confronted and ways that they're triumph over. First-hand money owed from individuals with autism are integrated and hyperlinks with psychiatric disorder in later lifestyles are explored. This up to date edition is useful to either pros and households with autistic childrens and has been thoroughly up to date to take account of the newest examine within the box. it is also an extra bankruptcy at the modifications among autism and Asperger syndrome.

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In contrast, there has been remarkably little written about outcome in adulthood. Moreover, when autism in adults is described, the picture is often far from reassuring. Accounts of individuals with autism are frequently found in books or reports dealing with ‘challenging behaviours’, leaving many families to fear that all that may be expected in adulthood is the development of aggressive, self-injurious or disruptive behaviours. On the other hand, there is an increasing number of impressive personal narratives documenting how – often against tremendous odds – individuals have fought against, and to a considerable extent overcome, their early difficulties.

1994) or the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Generic (ADOS-G; Lord et al. 2000) have also documented a decrease in the severity and frequency of many symptoms over time (Gilchrist et al. 2001, Howlin 2003, Piven et al. 1996). In a study of over 400 individuals with autism aged from ten to fifty-three years, Seltzer et al. (2003) found clear evidence of improvement on ADI-R scores from childhood to adolescence and adulthood. Verbal and non-verbal communication had improved, as had scores on the Reciprocal Social Interaction domain.

Individuals who remained mute had the least favourable outcome. Most of these remained highly dependent as they grew older, living with their parents, in sheltered communities, in state institutions for people with learning disabilities or, in a few cases, in psychiatric hospitals. Amongst cases with better communication skills outcome was rather more positive. Just over half of this group was functioning relatively well, at home or in the community, although with varying degrees of support (Kanner and Eisenberg 1956).

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