Using case studies and examples that show the reader how to put theory into practice in multi-disciplinary settings, Education and Care for Adolescents and Adults with Autism clearly explains how changes in policy and provision have affected how young people and adults with autism are cared for and educated. The author highlights current problematic outcomes from a multi-agency perspective and offers:Up-to-date and accessible information on the nature and affects of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) A detailed chronology of legislation across disciplines Recommendations on family issues surrounding the care and education of those with ASD Possible intervention programs Appropriate strategies for use in care settings, education settings, and at homeBased on years of experience, this resource offers a range of strategies for all those working with or caring for adolescents and adults with ASD.

Understanding the World of Autism

Understanding the world of autism

This chapter explores:

  • the key features of ASDs;
  • effects of ASDs on individuals;
  • the individuality of ASDs;
  • implications for practice.


To be able to provide successfully for adolescents and adults with autism we need to have our own theoretical and working knowledge and understanding of ASDs. We cannot assume to be able to understand the difficulties people with autism are experiencing if we do not have basic knowledge of this complex disorder. Without this our attempts to provide appropriately for those we work with are likely to be unsuccessful or futile, and if we are not careful, may actually compound their difficulties even further.

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