A Long-term Intervention Program to improve up the Quality of Life for Adults with Autism.

[Speaker] Blatter, Silvia:1
[Co-author] Bliem, Harald R:1, Juen, Barbara H:1
1:University of Innsbruck; Department of Psychology (Austria)

Over four years the efficiency of an intervention program for adults with autism and intellectual impairment has been analyzed. The aim of this intervention was to raise the quality of life for this special client group inter alia by improving their communication. The program follows the classical models for dealing with people with autism. The quality of life concept derived from studies of Schalock and Verdugo (2002).
Our hypothesis was that a gain in specific communicative features of the interaction between the caregivers and the autistic adults results in an increase in the quality of life of this client group.
The results confirm our hypothesis that the quality of life of autistic adults can be positively influenced through an individual intervention program. The overall trend shows a positive development in negative factors of behavior and the general mood, the overall average of aggression behavior shows a steady decrease.
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