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Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Transition Issues 

Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Transition Issues
Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Transition Issues

Edward S. Brodkin

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date: 24 May 2022

Because the symptoms and severity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are so heterogeneous, the particular transition issues and challenges for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families vary depending on the individual and various aspects of the social environment, but they may include the following: completing secondary or postsecondary education; developing a vocation and transitioning from an educational setting to a work setting; finding work that is engaging and, ideally, financially sustaining; developing social and communication skills that are adaptive for adult life; developing a wider circle of peer relationships and participating in the community; living outside of one’s parents’ home; and ultimately being able to continue to function when one’s parents become elderly, frail, or pass away. This chapter reviews some of the available published data on transition to adulthood in ASD and provides recommendations for clinicians on supporting individuals and families in transition.

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