Recent research studied survey responses, interviews and basic self care assessments of basic daily tasks, such as bathing, brushing their teeth, cleaning and preparing meals, of 81 adults with moderate to severe autism.
The results indicated the following:
1. only 45% were employed.
2. after taking into account symptom severity and communication ability, having good self-care skills was the most important independent predictor of adult job success.
3. the adults with autism with better self-care abilities were more likely to keep a job and more likely to work more hours, and to rely on employment support services less often.
4. better adult job prospects were available for those who displayed better self-care abilities when they were children.
The researchers recommend a focus on teaching those with autism the practical skills of day-to-day living.
The researchers, Laura Klinger, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and executive director of the TEACCH Autism Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her colleagues, will present at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City.
Reference: Medline Plus. Learning Daily Skills Prepares Kids With Autism for Adult Life. Retrieved from the web on 5/19/15 at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_152547.html
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