Understanding Autism in Adults and Aging Adults – Theresa Regan
is a childhood condition … right? Not right. Children with autism grow into adults with autism. The great strides we have made in understanding childhood autistic behaviors and interventions have lagged dramatically behind the needs of aging autistics. What of the young adult trying to build relationships? What of the middle aged autistic adult who has been misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and lacks an effective treatment plan? What of the aging adult who is showing increasingly rigid autistic behaviors and is misdiagnosed as having frontotemporal dementia? Understanding Autism in Adults and Aging Adults is a one-of-a-kind resource designed to improve the correct diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in adults. Filled with clinical stories that bring to life the concepts discussed, the book provides strategy-based interventions to address issues of personal and household management, medical care, communication, sensory processing symptoms, and emotional and behavioral regulation.
Dr. Regan is that rare combination of adult neuropsychologist (specialist in brain-behavior relationships), parent of a child on the spectrum, and Certified Autism Specialist. She has worked with adolescent through geriatric patients in medical settings for over 25 years. She is a Certified Autism Specialist through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and the director of the Adult Diagnostic Autism Clinic at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.