As a result of having an autistic daughter, she became involved in researching developmental disorders, particularly autism spectrum disorders. She joined with other parents of autistic children to found the National Autistic Society (NAS) in the United Kingdom in 1962. She currently works part-time as a consultant psychiatrist at the NAS Centre for Social and Communication Disorders at Elliot House. She lives in Sussex, England.
Wing is the author of many books and academic papers, including Asperger's Syndrome: a Clinical Account, a 1981 academic paper that popularised the research of Hans Asperger and introduced the term Asperger's syndrome. Although groundbreaking and influential, Wing herself cautioned in her 1981 paper that... "It must be pointed out that the people described by the present author all had problems of adjustment or superimposed psychiatric illnesses severe enough to necessitate referral to a psychiatric clinic ... (and) the series described here is probably biased towards those with more severe handicaps."
- Wing, L. & Gould, J. (1979), "Severe Impairments of Social Interaction and Associated Abnormalities in Children: Epidemiology and Classification", Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 9, pp. 11-29.
- Wing, L. (1980). "Childhood Autism and Social Class: a Question of Selection?", British Journal of Psychiatry, 137, pp. 410-417.
- Wing L (1981). "Asperger's syndrome: a clinical account". Psychol Med 11 (1): 115–29. PMID 7208735. Retrieved on 2007-12-29.
- Burgoine, E. & Wing, L. (1983), "Identical triplets with Asperger's Syndrome", British Journal of Psychiatry, 143, pp. 261-265.
- Wing, L. and Attwood, A. (1987), "Syndromes of Autism and Atypical Development", in Cohen, D. & Donnellan, A. (eds.), Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Disorders, New York, John Wiley & Sons.
- Wing, L. (1991), "The Relationship Between Asperger's Syndrome and Kanner's Autism", in Frith, U. (ed.), Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
- Wing, L. (1992), "Manifestations of Social Problems in High Functioning Autistic People", in Schopler, E. & Mesibov, G. (eds.), High Functioning Individuals with Autism, New York, Plenum Press.
- Wing L, Potter D (2002). "The epidemiology of autistic spectrum disorders: is the prevalence rising?". Ment Retard Dev Disabil Res Rev 8 (3): 151–61. doi:10.1002/mrdd.10029. PMID 12216059.
- 1964, Autistic Children
- 1966, Physiological Measures, Sedative Drugs and Morbid Anxiety, with M.H. Lader
- 1969, Children Apart: Autistic Children and Their Families
- 1969, Teaching Autitistic Children: Guidelines for Teachers
- 1971, Autistic Children: a Guide for Parents
- 1975, Early Childhood Autism: Clinical, Educational and Social Aspects (editor)
- 1975, What is Operant Conditioning?
- 1988, Aspects of Autism: Biological Research (editor)
- 1989, Hospital Closure and the Resettlement of Residents: Case of Darenth Park Mental Handicap Hospital
- 1995, Autistic Spectrum Disorders: an Aid to Diagnosis
- 1996, The Autistic Spectrum: a Guide for Parents and Professionals
- 2002, Smiling at Shadows: a Mother's Journey Raising an Autistic Child (with Junee Waites, Helen Swinbourne).
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