Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mid and Later Life

by Scott D. Wright, Pamela A. Smith, Amy Maida Wadsworth, William McMahon, Kristina Cottle, Megan Farley, Hilary Coon, Christopher Gregg, Amanda Bakian, Temple Grandin, Judy Endow, Michael Baron, Saskia Baron, Digby Tantam, Elizabeta Mukaetova-Ladinska, Mick Coppock, Hilde Geurts, Bas van van Alphen, R.C. Oude Voshaar, Sylvia Heijnen, Bruce Parsons, Dr Valerie Gaus, Dermot Bowler, Amanda Roestorf, Monique Hines, Susan Balandin, Benjamin DiCicco-Bloom, Shana Nichols, E. Sandra Byers, Denise D. Resnik, A.J. Paron-Wildes, Jeremy Parr, Gregory Prince, JaLynn Prince, Valerie D'Astous, Karen Glaser, Karen Lowton, Lauren Bishop Bishop Fitzpatrick, Terry Brugha, Carol Povey, Cos Michael, Robert MacBean, Stella Macdonald, Peter Gerhardt, Valerie Paradiz, Xenia Grant, Elizabeth A. Perkins, Angela Rodriguez, Francesca Happé

Bringing together international academics and professionals who are actively researching and working in the field, this pioneering scholarly volume covers the issues faced by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) in mid and later life.

Including a range of personal, academic and clinical perspectives, the book considers historical and contemporary perspectives on autism, including diagnosis, developmental outcomes and life course issues. Attention is given to medical, care and psychological issues that arise as people with ASD age, such as declining cognitive function and speech and communication issues. Family, community support, housing, advocacy, and socio-cultural considerations for older adults with ASD are also given careful consideration, and there are chapters on relationship and sexuality issues and on environmental design.


  • Jessica Kingsley Publishers; January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781784500375
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  • Title: Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mid and Later Life
  • Author: Scott D. Wright (ed.); Pamela A. Smith (contrib.); Amy Maida Wadsworth (contrib.); William McMahon (contrib.); Kristina Cottle (contrib.); Megan Farley (contrib.); Hilary Coon (contrib.); Christopher Gregg (contrib.); Amanda Bakian (contrib.); Temple Grandin (contrib.); Judy Endow (contrib.); Michael Baron (contrib.); Saskia Baron (contrib.); Digby Tantam (contrib.); Elizabeta Mukaetova-Ladinska (contrib.); Mick Coppock (contrib.); Hilde Geurts (contrib.); Bas van van Alphen (contrib.); R.C. Oude Voshaar (contrib.); Sylvia Heijnen (contrib.); Bruce Parsons (contrib.); Dr Valerie Gaus (contrib.); Dermot Bowler (contrib.); Amanda Roestorf (contrib.); Monique Hines (contrib.); Susan Balandin (contrib.); Benjamin DiCicco-Bloom (contrib.); Shana Nichols (contrib.); E. Sandra Byers (contrib.); Denise D. Resnik (contrib.); A.J. Paron-Wildes (contrib.); Jeremy Parr (contrib.); Gregory Prince (contrib.); JaLynn Prince (contrib.); Valerie D'Astous (contrib.); Karen Glaser (contrib.); Karen Lowton (contrib.); Lauren Bishop Bishop Fitzpatrick (contrib.); Terry Brugha (contrib.); Carol Povey (contrib.); Cos Michael (contrib.); Robert MacBean (contrib.); Stella Macdonald (contrib.); Peter Gerhardt (contrib.); Valerie Paradiz (contrib.); Xenia Grant (contrib.); Elizabeth A. Perkins (contrib.); Angela Rodriguez (contrib.); Francesca Happé (other)
  • Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

In The Press

This new textbook provides an important introduction to the broad range of issues faced by mid- and later-life adults with an autism spectrum disorder. It links the personal experiences of affected individuals and their families with the perspectives of researchers from genetics and psychology through policy. Many of the chapters acknowledge that, unfortunately, we are only at the start of research efforts to understand the challenges faced by this aging population. Nevertheless Scott Wright has produced the first comprehensive textbook on this topic and it will undoubtedly frame this critical conversation going forward.