Language Difficulties Related To Autism Impede Post-Secondary Adjustment
Roksana Khalid; Jonathan Lai
This online article summarizes a research study which examined whether having a high level of autistic traits, or being in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) affected adjustment to college. Students with high levels of autistic traits had poorer academic and social adjustment. Students in STEM fields were also found to have poorer academic adjustment, a relationship which was partially explained by a higher level of the autistic trait of having pragmatic language difficulties.
Note that this study measured autistic traits in typically-developing undergraduates; individuals with autism did not participate.
The Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research group, based out of York University, writes summaries of research studies on autism and developmental disabilities to inform parents, individuals with autism, practitioners, and the general public on recent findings about autism.
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