Social Communication Intervention for an Adult with Asperger Syndrome: Experiences, Perspectives, and Challenges Adults on the autism spectrum, despite having received intervention throughout their childhood and adolescence, continue to experience challenges with everyday social interactions, forming and maintaining relationships, and social abilities needed in work settings. This article presents a case example of a 22-year-old adult with Asperger syndrome, and highlights the issues ... Article
Article  |   January 01, 2014
Social Communication Intervention for an Adult with Asperger Syndrome: Experiences, Perspectives, and Challenges
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  • Siva priya Santhanam
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • Financial Disclosure: Siva priya Santhanam is a doctoral candidate at Bowling Green State University.
    Financial Disclosure: Siva priya Santhanam is a doctoral candidate at Bowling Green State University.×
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Article   |   January 01, 2014
Social Communication Intervention for an Adult with Asperger Syndrome: Experiences, Perspectives, and Challenges
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, January 2014, Vol. 21, 29-37. doi:10.1044/lle21.1.29
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, January 2014, Vol. 21, 29-37. doi:10.1044/lle21.1.29

Adults on the autism spectrum, despite having received intervention throughout their childhood and adolescence, continue to experience challenges with everyday social interactions, forming and maintaining relationships, and social abilities needed in work settings. This article presents a case example of a 22-year-old adult with Asperger syndrome, and highlights the issues in providing intervention for highly able young adults on the autism spectrum. A unique feature of this report is the inclusion of the client's own insights into his experiences, perspectives, and challenges with the intervention. The approaches used to address his social communication and organizational needs are outlined, and clinical implications discussed.

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