- Describe the autism spectrum and the highly individual nature of both autism and grief.
- Discuss the many ways that an adult with autism may react–or not–to loss.
- Define Doka’s theory of disenfranchised grief and indicate how disenfranchisement can complicate the grieving process, particularly for adults with autism.
- Identify three ways to enfranchise adults with autism in the grieving process.
- Discuss the ways that persons with ASD may experience their own life-threatening illness or that of a loved one.
- Identify several support techniques when addressing serious illness and loss, taking into consideration effective communication and other person-centered techniques.
- Discuss strategies for partnering with clergy and others who may be involved in grief supports.
- Identify three ways in which, in the context of your work or your community, you can help support autistic individuals and their families in their ongoing grief beyond the immediate period of the funeral and burial.
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