Contribution of Chris Manente in treating the Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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You will get a vast amount of information about autism disorder for children; in fact, entering in adult autism spectrum disorder on the search bar of any search engine will give results for adult children. If an adult tells a person that he has autism disorder, it is either that adult will get a laugh or be treated with psychological disorder. There are adults with autism who are working in companies and have a prosperous career; but, social impairment and communication are still present that cause problems in the way of living.

Individuals with adult spectrum disorder are fanatical with one topic; they keep reiterating conversation back to the subject that they are interested. Individuals with this disorder can stare at a particular thing for several hours. If a timetable has already been set and an event takes place that finishes the plan, these individuals will become aggressive and frantic. They will act in a different way just to let others know that they did not like the variations in the schedule. An adult with this disorder can either live on own or can be dependent on the family.

Christopher Manente, a behavioral consultant and a special educator focuses on the treatment of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. At present, he is serving as the Executive Director of the RCAAS or Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services, which offers specialized programs that assist adults with autism spectrum disorders lead satisfying, independent lives. Dr. Manente is responsible to supervise the Vocational and Residential Programs at Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services. He has several years of experience working with these individuals, after formerly functioning at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities as a Behavior Analyst.

Mentioned below are some of the altering characteristics of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders:

  • Problems in social relationships: This includes few or no constant relations, detached, obstinate interaction with others, egoistical, with inadequate empathy and lack of awareness regarding social norm
  • Difficulties in Communication: This includes unnatural, obscure use of language, repetitious voice or inapt tone, one-sided communication, factual understanding of what is heard, restricted use of signs, lack of eye-contact when speaking, awkward body language and posture
  • Absorbing and restricted interests: This includes restricted interest of limited social or practical value, compulsive search of limited interests, stringent day-to-day timetable and routine and deviance from everyday schedule causes suffering

Christopher Manente is an ex-student of Rutgers University from where he has completed B.A. Psychology, M. Ed. Elemetary /Special education and Ph.D. Education as well. He has been a recipient of the Rutgers Presidential Scholarship and has worked as an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. He has also functioned in the field of general education and special education as an Assistant Professor at Caldwell University.

Dr. Manente has written numerous articles in peer-reviewed magazines on the matter of autism spectrum disorders and has showed these at national and local seminars. He has interest in assessment and treatment of critical challenging behavior among individuals with autism, and growth of proof-based tactics to support adults with autism.



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