Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Living Edition
| Editors: Fred R. Volkmar

Stepped Transition in Education Program for Students with ASD (STEPS)

  • Susan W. White
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102225-1


Students with ASD have unique transition needs that go largely unmet. The transition from adolescence to adulthood (spanning approximately age 18–25) represents a distinct developmental period termed “emerging adulthood” (Arnett 2010). It is during this developmental period that people with ASD who do not have co-occurring intellectual disability appear to be most vulnerable, as they often face loss of services and supports to help them achieve important developmental tasks such as beginning higher education and establishing close and intimate relationships (Taylor and Seltzer 2011). In fact, many students with ASD report feeling ill-prepared for success in the postsecondary domain (Cai and Richdale 2016). Most adults with ASD are employed neither consistently nor gainfully (Engström et al. 2003) and, when employed, they tend to be paid less than young adults with other, non-ASD, disabilities (Roux et al. 2013). Generally, quality of life is also relatively poor (van Heijst...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA