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TITLE Autism spectrum disorders: A lifetime of difference   200909E.pdf (750 KB)
Document ID LIB630
Document type Scientific experts report/advice
Issue date 23/06/2009
Document reference ISBN:978-90-5549-775-1
Original language of the document English
Full text available in EN (750 KB) and EN (857.4 KB)
Document produced by Health Council of the Netherlands organisation visiting card
Document uploaded by Mitra Javanmardi
Health Council of the Netherlands
(27/01/2010)
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Health

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Short description  Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are pervasive developmental disorders, characterized by limitations in social interaction, communication and imagination. They are often associated with stereotypical or rigid behavior patterns. In June 2009 the Health Council of the Netherlands presented an advisory report to the Ministers of Youth and Families, Health, Social Affairs and Education entitled: ‘Autism spectrum disorders: a lifetime of difference’. In this report it is argued that in order for treatment and support to succeed each ASD patient needs a tailored approach taking into account the specific, individual characteristics of the disorder but also their social and functional context. A thorough, action-oriented diagnosis is crucial, mapping the individual potential and limitations. Research is needed to expand the possibilities of treatment. With regard to the continuity of care, permanent arrangements to provide the services of life coaches are recommended. Such professionals would be able to provide guidance in the areas of health, education, employment and municipal services. People with an ASD are different. They stay that way throughout their lives. Given the right facilities, a significant proportion of these people are able to function and participate in contemporary society.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are developmental disorders characterised by limitations in social interaction, communication and imagination. They are often associated with stereotypical or rigid behaviour patterns. The term ‘spectrum’ is used to reflect the fact that the disorder takes different forms in each individual with ASD. Most ASD cases can be classified into one of the following three g ...

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