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“…We found that among adults with autism who were diagnosed as children, the biggest predictor of gaining employment as an adult is having good independent daily self-care skills. Because while we can't change intellectual functioning -- and it's very difficult to change symptom severity -- these skills are something very practical that we can work on to try and improve the prospects of adults with autism,” said study lead author Laura Klinger of the TEACCH Autism Program.
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"Such heightened sensory perception in autism may help explain why some people with the disorder are painfully sensitive to noise and bright lights. It also may be linked to some of the complex social and behavioral deficits associated with autism," says Duje Tadin, a lead author and assistant professor at the University of Rochester.
In the second and more recent study, autistic children showed an "increased ability to pool motion information." Problems ignoring irrelevant information hampered this ability. Study author Steven C Dakin explains:
The accepted view is that people with autism do local processing (the fine detail of the world), but they can’t do global processing (the overall context). For the first time we now have a way of separating these two functions in the lab. When we apply it to children with autism, we find they don’t have a global processing problem at all. If anything, they are better at global processing.
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There is a lot of news coverage when a child with autism runs away or wanders. Many of these stories, like that of Avonte Oquendo, do not have happy endings. Here are some facts about wandering that parents need to know.
Autism & Wandering: 30 second statistics PSA from NCMEC on Vimeo.
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1. Nearly half of all children with autism between the ages of 4 and 10 try to elope or wander off at least once. This rate is 4 times higher than their siblings who do not have autism.
2. Between the ages of 7 and 10, almost a third of children with autism continue trying to wander off. This rate is 8 times that of their siblings who do not autism.
3. Almost 50-percent of children who try to wander are successful. These children are gone long enough to worry parents.