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Title: TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD: Clinical Considerations and Resources for those on the Autism Spectrum


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TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD Clinica
l Considerations and Resources for
those on the Autism Spectrum
  • A presentation for PCCYCS Annual Spring
    Conference
  • Dawn M. Hoffman, MS, Licensed Psychologist
  • Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

2
Introductions
3
Learning Objectives
  • Describe the needs of the adolescent with Autism
    Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as they transition to
    adulthood
  • Identify the service needs of young adults with
    ASD
  • Review services available in the community for
    those with ASD

4
Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • A short list of demographics

5
Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Criteria
  • --Qualitative impairment in communication
  • --Qualitative impairment in social interactions
  • --Restrictive, repetitive and stereotyped
    patterns of behavior, interests and activities

6
Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Childhood Disintegration Disorder
  • Rhetts Disorder
  • Aspergers Disorder
  • Autistic Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS

7
Behaviors/ conditions frequently associated with
ASD
  • Eating
  • Sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Sensory sensitivities
  • Demands for routine, order, predictability

8
Transition
  • A definition as it relates to ASD

9
The challenge of transitioning
  • Communication
  • Change
  • Available services
  • Structure
  • Funding

10
Clinical considerations
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Attention difficulties
  • Sleep problems
  • Behavior difficulties

11
Service needs of students with ASD
  • Individualize
  • Plan
  • Start early
  • Adaptive skills
  • Emotional health
  • Physical health
  • Support
  • Support for families

12
Characteristics of a transitional plan
  • Positive behavior supports
  • Vision of the future
  • Inclusive experiences
  • Variety of experiences
  • Coordination

13
Identify Goals
  • Vocational
  • Residential
  • Social
  • Identify needs of the student to reach the goal
    i.e. going to college

14
Service needs of young adults
  • Identify short and long term goals
  • Scaffolding
  • Needs assessment
  • Individualize
  • Broad range of skills
  • Identification and expression of emotions
  • Nonverbal communication

15
  • Problem solving
  • Anxiety management
  • Social skills
  • Opportunities for socialization
  • Self-monitoring
  • Behavior plan if needed
  • Conversation skills

16
  • Managing impulses
  • Transitional training/managing change
  • Stress management
  • Identifying personal interests
  • Using strengths to support
  • Family issues
  • Sexuality and dating

17
  • Addressing sensory challenges
  • Driving/transportation
  • Perspective taking

18
Resources
  • Occupational therapy/sensory integration
  • Speech therapy
  • Social Work
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists/physicians
  • Teacher (school age)
  • Behavior consultants
  • Agencies

19
  • Resource Center
  • Support Groups
  • Social skills groups
  • Autism Bureau, Adult Autism Waiver
  • Recreational facilities

20
Learning Objectives in review
  • Learning Objectives
  • --Describe the needs of the adolescent with ASD
    as they transition to adulthood
  • --Identify the service needs of young adults with
    ASD
  • --Review services available in the community for
    those with ASD

21
  • Thank you
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