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Teens and Autism

Autistic adults are scientists, artists, educators, musicians and even public speakers. But making the transition from grade school to college or career is especially complex for young adults on the spectrum. Explore resources, options, ideas, tools and more to make the process easier, pleasanter, and more successful.
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Get Ready: Your Autistic Child Is Growing Up
Children with autism soon become adults with autism. You'll need to think about transition, guardianship, and financial planning. Follow these five steps to prepare for your child's 18th and 22nd birthdays.

Advice on Autism and Teens from an Adult on the Autism Spectrum
Robyn Steward, a young adult with autism, offers insights and advice to parents of teens on the autism spectrum.

Sexuality and Autism -- Sex Education for Children and Teens with Autism
Sexuality is a tough topic with any teen. For children and teens on the autism spectrum, sex education is even more complex. How do you teach someone with social and communications challenges about such a difficult and socially complicated topic?

Must Autistic Teens Register for Selective Service?
Are autistic teens required to register with selective service?

When Should Parents Step Back From Their Autistic Teen's Life?
When a child with autism is young, parents are encouraged to build a team, make playdates and support every step of development. Then, suddenly, their children are teens. How much parent involvement is appropriate? Drs. Robert Naseef and Cindy Ariel, family psychologists, offer insight and advice.

How Can I Help My Autistic Child Handle Puberty?
Puberty is a tough time for everyone. It can be even tougher for an autistic child -- and perhaps toughest for the parent of an autistic child! Drs. Bob Naseef and Cindy Ariel offer insights into how to help your autistic child manage the ups and downs of adolescence.

How Can I Help My Autistic Teen to Be "Cool?
A teen with an autism spectrum disorder is still a teen. For many, that means feeling the pressure to be cool. How can a parent help his child on the autism spectrum feel "cool?" Here is advice and insight from Drs. Cindy Ariel and Robert Naseef, both family psychologists specializing in families with special needs.

How Can I Help My Autistic Teen to Be "Cool?
A teen with an autism spectrum disorder is still a teen. For many, that means feeling the pressure to be cool. How can a parent help his child on the autism spectrum feel "cool?" Here is advice and insight from Drs. Cindy Ariel and Robert Naseef, both family psychologists specializing in families with special needs.

Planning for Transition to Adulthood
How should parents start planning for their autistic child's transition from school to adulthood? Here is an overview from Dr. Peter Gerhardt, President of the Organization for Autism Research and expert in issues of adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Autistic Traits: A Plus for Many Careers
Passion. An eye for detail. Photographic recall. A lack of interest in office politics. All of these are traits of autism -- and all are plusses in many careers.

Should a Teen with Asperger's Try to Be "Normal?"
As youngsters with Aspergers approach their teen years, the pressure to "act normal" increases. How far should a parent push their child with Asperger's to "act more normal?" Kate Goldfield, a young adult on the autism spectrum, offers ideas and insights.

Can ABA Be Effective for Teens and Adults?
The "window of opportunity" for therapy and learning never slams shut. Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) can be used throughout a person's lifetime to build life skills, job skills and more.

Transition Map
This website is specific to the state of Pennsylvania, but includes many useful tips for families about to manage transition from school to adult life. What are the services available, how do you access them, and what should a family expect once the safeguards of special education law are no longer in play?

Ask an Aspie
Teens and young adults with Asperger Syndrome answer questions from parents and educators. Find out more about your child's needs by asking the folks who know.

Transition Map
This website is specific to the state of Pennsylvania, but includes many useful tips for families about to manage transition from school to adult life. What are the services available, how do you access them, and what should a family expect once the safeguards of special education law are no longer in play?

Ask an Aspie
Teens and young adults with Asperger Syndrome answer questions from parents and educators. Find out more about your child's needs by asking the folks who know.

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