Young People, Adults and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Andrew Cashin
Professor of Autism and Intellectual Disability, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: MED056000



Volume 10

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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong disorder. Autism represents a difference in the style of thinking and information processing from that typically experienced. As thinking and information processing is intimately linked with behaviour the symptoms, or behavioural expression, of autism change as people move from childhood into adulthood. This book explores the challenges for the minority group of people with autism as they live amongst the numerically dominant population of typical thinkers in a society largely structured around typical thinking. Anxiety is commonly experienced but not labeled by people with autism. Consequently self-monitoring does not occur and anxiety pushes the person into over regulated patterns of behaviour at the very time flexibility is required. The experiences of tertiary study, work, negotiating intimate relationships, staying healthy, leisure and aging are discussed outlaying common challenges and strategies of support.
(Imprint: Nova Medicine and Health)


Chapter 1. Thinking Differently: An Exploration of the Differences in Thinking and Information Processing between the Autistic and Typical Styles and the Link to Behaviours

Chapter 2. Anxiety and Autism

Chapter 3. Thinking and Behavioural Flexibility and Autism

Chapter 4. Work and Study for Those with Autism: The Sky Is the Limit but How Do You Get There?

Chapter 5. Love, Intimacy and Relationships

Chapter 6. Getting out There: Exercise, Sport and Physically Engaged Recreation

Chapter 7. Gaming and Autism: Functions of Fun, Social Contact and at Times a Symptom of Getting Stuck

Chapter 8. Aging and Autism

Chapter 9. Therapy for Young and Older Adults with Autism

Chapter 10. Conclusion


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