Transition to Adulthood

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Social relationships, including friendships and intimate relationships, are closely linked with overall health and wellbeing. Social relationships help to ward off depression and anxiety and increase self-esteem and satisfaction in life.  ...

Call Me, Maybe?

Oh the wild world of dating! It’s confusing enough for most to navigate, but teens and adults with autism can face additional obstacless while learning the fine art of flirting. Starting a conversation, reading non-verbal body cues, and knowing when someone shares your romantic interest are a handful of the dating nuances may be lost in translation for some people with autism....

Let’s Talk about Sex, Baby

For typically developing tweens and teens, sex education comes most often from peers, parents, school and healthcare providers. The same can’t be said for tweens and teens with autism. ...

Factors Associated with Driving in Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Getting a permit and learning to drive is a ‘rite of passage’ that many teens anticipate for years. A driver’s license comes with independence and responsibility, which can be simultaneously exciting and intimidating. For teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the decision to learn to drive is met with additional challenges and considerations....

Twenty-Year Outcome for Individuals with ASD

Past research on adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with average or near-average IQ scores have found a great variability in their outcomes (job, living independently, and friendships). To learn more about these outcomes, researchers interviewed the parents of adults with ASD who had participated in a study twenty years earlier. ...

Employment and Educational Activities for Young Adults with ASD

A study by researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison examined the post-high school occupational and employment activities of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who had exited high school within the past five years.  ...

"Losing" an Autism Diagnosis

A study out of the Netherlands found that 26% of a sample of 170  children who were diagnosed with high functioning autism as children no  longer met diagnostic criteria in adolescence. Deb Dunn, Outreach Director for the Center for Autism Research, discusses the implications of this research on "optimal outcome."    ...