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Older Adults and Autism Spectrum Conditions

Older Adults and Autism Spectrum Conditions

An Introduction and Guide

Wenn Lawson. Foreword by Carol Povey

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Packed with practical advice, this is the first book to address the challenges facing older people with autism. With first-hand stories and drawing on the latest research, it will help to support older adults with autism through lifestyle changes as well as physical and sensory challenges post-retirement.
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Paperback / softback
2015, 9.13in x 6.06in / 232mm x 154mm, 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-961-9
2015, ePUB, 208pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-813-8
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The first book to look seriously at the practical issues facing older adults with autism spectrum conditions (ASC), Wenn Lawson's groundbreaking handbook offers support, advice, and sensible ways in which to look at the issues.

Informed by current research, interviews with older people diagnosed with ASC and his own experience, the author covers a multitude of issues including dealing with transitions and changes to routine, communicating an individual's particular needs and wishes to care home staff, the social and financial impact of retirement, mental health, and sensory and physical changes and challenges.

Older people with ASC and their family and friends, as well as the professionals supporting them, will find this an indispensable and accessible book.


'Wenn Lawson is a gifted investigative writer, who masterfully weaves research with narratives and pragmatism. This is a talent particularly well used in Older Adults and Autism Spectrum Conditions. Thanks goes to Lawson for providing a comprehensive and very handy book that eases the concerns and uncertainties that typically circle aging and autism.'
- Liane Holliday Willey, author of Safety Skills for Asperger Women and Pretending to be Normal

'We need a map for the uncharted territory of aging and autism. Parents, professionals and especially those who have an Autism Spectrum Condition, will now be able to navigate through this territory, absorbing the clear explanations, rationale and wise advice, and be better prepared for the future.'
- Tony Attwood, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Minds & Hearts Clinic, Australia, and author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

'A visionary, intelligent and compassionate book. Wenn Lawson's understanding of autism is firmly based on a lifetime of personal experience on the spectrum and years of academic scholarship. His book should be on the shelf of anyone interested in ageing, autism and the distinctive needs of each one of us. There is a long way yet to go in this field - Dr Lawson once again clearly and thoughtfully points us in the right direction. Future generations will look back and say, "He was a pioneer."'
- Paul Jennings, Author


By (author): Wenn B. Lawson
Foreword by: Carol Povey