Young Adult

Evaluation of an Activities of Daily Living Scale for Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Source: 
Disability and Health Journal
Date Published: 
October 17, 2012
Abstract: 

ASF Grantee Matthew Maenner and colleagues developed the Waisman Activities of Daily Living (W-ADL) Scale to measure daily living skills of adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. The scale is a free and efficient tool for surveys and epidemiological research.

Into the Unknown: Aging with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Date Published: 
November 26, 2012
Abstract: 

This article reviews the current literature regarding a range of quality of life outcomes of aging adults with ASD. Studies that have addressed life expectancy, comorbid physical and mental health issues, ASD symptomatology, and social, residential, and vocational outcomes are reviewed.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Participation Among College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
November 1, 2012
Abstract: 

Findings suggest that students with an ASD had the highest STEM participation rates although their college enrollment rate was the third lowest among 11 disability categories and students in the general population. Educational policy implications are discussed.

Cognition in Males and Females with Autism: Similarities and Differences

Source: 
PLOS One
Date Published: 
October 17, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers find that women and men with autism have comparable impairments in social cognitive functioning, but performance on non-social cognitive tasks depends on gender.

Interventions Addressing Social Impairment in Autism

Source: 
Current Psychiatry Reports
Date Published: 
October 4, 2012
Abstract: 

In this new review of intervention studies targeting social impairment in autism, authors encourage researchers to design new studies that: evaluate ingredients of effective interventions (e.g., required dose for therapeutic effect); include better outcome measures that can show that meaningful improvements have happened (e.g., spontaneous social initiations; sustained interactions); and include underserved and underrepresented participant groups, such as children with comorbidities, non-English speaking children, and minimally verbal children.

Aging in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Mini-Review

Source: 
Gerontology
Date Published: 
August 24, 2011
Abstract: 

This article addresses an important and barely researched topic: what happens to children with autism spectrum disorders when they grow old.

Children With An Autism Spectrum Disorder Often Victims Of Bullying

Source: 
Newsday.com
Date Published: 
September 3, 2012
Abstract: 

Nearly half of U.S. children with an autism spectrum disorder are victims of bullying, a new study from University of California at Berkeley finds.

Evidence weak that vocational programs help autistic young adults

Source: 
Pediatrics
Date Published: 
August 27, 2012
Abstract: 

A new study from Vanderbilt and published in Pediatrics finds there's little science to backup the efficacy of current methods used to help young adults with these neurodevelopmental disorders segue into the workforce.