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Social, Cognitive, and Affective Development of Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder 

Social, Cognitive, and Affective Development of Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Social, Cognitive, and Affective Development of Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Author(s):

Patricia Howlin

and Iliana Magiati

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199349722.003.0003
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date: 24 May 2022

Although thousands of research studies have been published relating to the diagnosis, assessment, development, and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), only a very small number have focused on long-term developmental trajectories and outcomes in adulthood. This chapter focuses on what is known about adult outcomes in terms of social, intellectual, emotional, and adaptive functioning. It also discusses what research is needed in order to better understand and meet the needs of this population. A great deal more needs to be known about trajectories of change and outcomes of individuals with ASD in adulthood. It would be particularly informative to follow-up into adulthood those children who in the past 20–30 years have benefited from early, ASD-specific, and comprehensive educational and behavioral/developmental interventions.

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