Research on Aging with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Issues and Progress

Young people diagnosed today can look forward to aging more successfully than those in past generations. Earlier diagnosis, early intervention services, more targeted educational programs, and better information and support will likely have a significant impact on aging outcomes.

Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This brief focuses on three articles published in 2011 that focus on three areas of sibling research.

Transition Planning and College for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

When a student with ASD plans to transition from high school to the college setting, transitional goals should be in place during high school and afterwards.

Leisure Time and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This brief focuses on four articles, published in 2011, that focus on leisure activities for young people with ASD.

Stigmatization of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders

People with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may experience high levels of stigmatization within society. Negative interactions with others might include direct confrontations like bullying, or less obvious forms like discrimination.

Arts-based Interventions for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Arts-based interventions may be particularly effective for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Several studies published in 2011 looked at the effects of theater- and music-based interventions. This brief focuses on four of these articles.

Post-Transition Services, Activities, and Relationships for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Transition from high school to adulthood is hard for any young adult. Activities after high school can affect future quality of life. For young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), this time period may be even more difficult.

Family Support Systems Navigation Model

Traditionally, human service agencies hired case managers to support families and individuals with disabilities. However, research and practice have shown the model to be too passive and often ineffective for families. Therefore, a new model of support is emerging called Systems Navigation, in which families are taught and mentored to become advocates and active brokers of their own unique services and supports.

Contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis Approaches

Contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis Approaches is a term that was coined by in 1998 to describe behavioral approaches that incorporate naturalistic and developmental practices into their approach.

Implications of the Concept of Neurodiversity for Practice and Research

Learn more about neurodiversity – short for “neurological diversity” – a concept that refers to the many and varied types of brains that human beings have.