Autism: Preparing for Adulthood

Autism: Preparing for Adulthood

Autism: Preparing for Adulthood

Autism: Preparing for Adulthood

Synopsis

Using information from research studies and treatment programmes, this book provides a practical resource for parents, carers, and autistic people themselves.

Excerpt

Autism is a life-long, often devastating, disorder that profoundly affects almost every aspect of an individual's functioning. Impairments in communication limit the ability to understand what is happening or why, and make it almost impossible effectively to control events, people or the environment. Difficulties in social understanding mean that even the simplest interactions are fraught with problems. Inability to cope with change, and the need to adhere to fixed routines and patterns of behaviour can make every-day life threatening and disturbing.

It is not surprising, therefore, that many people with autism are described as having behaviours that are challenging or disruptive.

There is no chapter in this book on Challenging Behaviour!

Instead, the problems faced by people with autism and their carers are set firmly within the context of their social, communication and obsessional impairments. Only if the profundity of these deficits is fully accepted can the behaviours of someone with autism be understood. If such behaviours are adequately understood then maybe these will be viewed, not as maladaptive or challenging, but as the individual's only effective means of making sense of or controlling a world that is unpredictable, confusing and rejecting.

The aim of this book is to foster understanding of the fundamental deficits of autism, and the impact these can have on the lives of those living with the disorder. With understanding, much can be done to help those who are affected, either directly or indirectly. Thus, whilst each chapter begins with a description of impairments and difficulties, each ends with a discussion of the strategies that can be used to help overcome or minimise these.

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