Self-Management for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Review

Alicia S Yeung, Albert S Yeung


Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) could cause severe and pervasive impairment in thinking, feeling, language, and social functioning. Self-management has the potential to empower autistic individuals by teaching them skills that will improve their independent functioning and quality of life. We described six studies which utilized different tactics for self-management for children with ASDs, and summarized the findings from these studies. 


autism spectrum disorders, self-management, self-control

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