As More With Autism Near Adulthood, Clues To Success Emerge


May 14, 2015

What’s the biggest predictor of success for individuals with autism in adulthood? Researchers say it might not be what you’d expect.

The ability to do everyday, self-care activities like bathing, cleaning and cooking trumped other factors like symptom severity and intellectual functioning, according to findings from a new study being presented this week at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City.

Researchers looked at the experiences of 152 people with autism who were diagnosed between 1970 and 1999 at the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program.

Now that the individuals are adults — with an average age of 35 — the researchers surveyed their caregivers about their current status.

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