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Adolescent Transition to Adulthood and Vocational Issues 

Adolescent Transition to Adulthood and Vocational Issues

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Adolescent Transition to Adulthood and Vocational Issues
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Robin L. Gabriels

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10.1093/med/9780195371826.003.0075
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date: 28 June 2017

This chapter provides a framework for understanding the unique obstacles to helping adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) acquire the life skills needed to enhance their independence and quality of life. The first section reviews the current literature regarding the life-course of symptom impairment and abatement that adolescents and adults with ASDs continue to face. Such issues include communication and social abilities, behavior challenges, daily living skills, and adaptation to community living/vocational environments. The second section provides a suggested method for approaching life skill instruction with adolescents diagnosed with ASDs by assessing underlying problems, recognizing the unique ASD learning styles, teaching survival life skills, providing case examples, and addressing issues related to transitioning to residential and vocational settings.

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