Supporting Persons with Autism Disorders Entering Adulthood

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Abstract

The article affirms the desirability of a long-time psychocorrectional support of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families, including in adulthood. The term developing social environment for an adult autistic individual is uncovered. Two important areas of psychological correction of ASD starting from younger adolescence are identified. These are: 1. teaching of skills of appropriate social behavior and 2. increase of understanding himself and the world of people and their relationships by autistic individual. The specifics of each of these areas of work and the methods used in each of them are briefly described. In particular, forming social skills has “good habits” and social roles developing as a base. The author supposes psychological support shouldn’t be equaled exclusively to the development of social skills which individual needs.

General Information

Keywords: psychological support, habits, social roles, understanding of relations, ways of affection expression

Journal rubric: Clinical and Special Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psyedu.2017090211

For citation: Kostin I.A. Supporting Persons with Autism Disorders Entering Adulthood [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psychological-Educational Studies, 2017. Vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 116–127. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2017090211. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Igor A. Kostin, Doctor of Psychology, Leading Research Associate, Institute of Special Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0309-5266, e-mail: kostin@ikp.email

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