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Shattuck shares research on post-high school students with ASD


Paul Shattuck,, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, presented “Transition to What? Outcomes and Service Use Among Youth with Autism after High School” during a visit to the Thompson Center on Monday. The focus of his presentation were results of an ongoing National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2).


The study is ”both wide and deep” said Shattuck.


It involves public school students with a wide range of disabilities, including those with autism, and it is being conducted through interviews with parents, teachers, school administrators and students. Findings about experiences of those with ASD after high school include:


  • nearly 80% still live at home


  • almost half have no job or post-secondary training or other schooling


  • 40% never have contact with friends


  • 17% never feel hopeful about the future


  • 21% not engaged in any outside activities


  • a reduction in therapy services (speech/language, OT, medical diagnostic evals)


  • an decrease in insurance coverage

  • no increase in career services


In future analyses, Shattuck plans to focus on identifying high-risk sub groups within ASD and to identify specific factors during the school experience that may influence later outcomes.

Said Shattuck of the research “ We want to build a bridge to the future for students not lead them to a cliff.”

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