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Epilogue: Conclusions and Future Directions

  • Hefziba Lifshitz
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This final chapter discusses some conclusions drawn from the previous chapters as well as three novice topics that are currently at the core of continuing research efforts: (a) brain lateralization for language in adults with ID, (b) giftedness in ID, and (c) the implications of the CAT for persons with ID on the autism spectrum. The common denominator of the first two issues is a vision of persons with ID that extends beyond their disability and underscores compensation age theory. Contrary to previous studies, the emerging brain lateralization research indicates typical brain lateralization for linguistic perception among adults with ID. Giftedness research is also trying to map a novel perspective on ID – the cognitive profile of gifted persons with ID in diverse domains. Autism research aims to find out whether the developmental trajectories of individuals with comorbid ID and ASD demonstrate compensation with age into adulthood.

Keywords

Brain lateralization for language in ID Giftedness in ID Cognitive trajectory Adults with comorbid ID and autism spectrum disorder 

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  • Hefziba Lifshitz
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  1. 1.Head of MA Program in Intellectual Disability, School of EducationBar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

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