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Top Priorities for Autism/Asperger’s Research: Perspectives from a Person with Autism 

Top Priorities for Autism/Asperger’s Research: Perspectives from a Person with Autism

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Top Priorities for Autism/Asperger’s Research: Perspectives from a Person with Autism
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Temple Grandin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780195371826.003.0091
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date: 26 March 2017

This chapter offers the author's perspective, as a person affected by autism, on the three highest priorities for future autism research: sensory oversensitivity, employment, and cognitive styles. Sensory problems can be extremely debilitating and make normal socializing impossible because the person is not able to tolerate a noisy restaurant or sports stadium. Sensory problems need to be researched to find ways to treat them. The second top priority research area is how to promote successful employment for people with Asperger's Syndrome and high-functioning autism. Intervention programs that help develop vocational skills and assess the types of job a specific individual is likely to succeed in are needed. In addition, techniques that offer mentoring and role-modeling, such as job coaches, should be studied. The third topic area that needs studied is cognitive subgroups. People on the autism spectrum have areas of strength and areas of deficits. The cognitive types are: photo-realistic visual thinkers; pattern thinkers (music and math minds); and verbal specialists (facts minds). Steps must be taken to improve employment of individuals on the spectrum.

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