Teens & young people

Autism in teenagers

Healthline, based in the USA, provides a beginners guide to autism in teenagers.      They outline the signs of autism around that age and when they might appear.     Then they go on to take you through what you could do if your teenager seems to be ticking the boxes.      Click icon to browse.          new

Relationships

Options Autism, previously Options Group, produce help sheets on relationships, developing sexuality and sexual expression.      To view them click PDF icon.Doc icon

Also. the National Autistic Society has a a guide for parents about sex education.      Click page icon to browse.           updated

Safe living

Parties, Dorms and Social Norms:  A Crash Course in Safe Living for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum.       “The late teens and twenties are exciting times, but filled with potential pitfalls as young people navigate the transition into independent adult life.”       This book was written by Dr. Lisa Meeks, an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Medical Student Disability Services at The University of California.
See: Amazon.             updated

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The  Adults  and  Employment  pages have a few items that may be of relevance for older teenagers.        See Growing up for sex education DVDs and on-line counselling.

Social skills

The National Autistic Society has a page about social isolation and social interaction.        Click icon to browse.

The following book might be interesting.           Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela CrookeSocially Curious and Curiously Social,   A Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens & Young Adult        It contains some cartoon-style illustrations.       It is not currently in Lincolnshire public libraries and, on request, they replied, “Unable to purchase via our supplier, out of print”.      Social Thinking  is the web page that
promotes the book along with a few other related books.     
See also:  Good Reads       Amazon – in stock in 2016.

First step to independence

The loving push is a book by best-selling author, autism advocate, and animal science professor Dr. Temple Grandin and psychologist and autism specialist Dr. Debra Moore.      They spell out what steps you can take to restore your child’s hope and motivation, and what you must avoid.

Temple Grandin is not everyone’s cup to tea but she has a big following.      See also  Get your butts out of the house …

What to expect

The Interactive Autistic Network was a research based initiative from 2006 – 2019.       They produced Autism in the Teen Years:  What to Expect, How to Help.       Click icon to browse.      The interactive autism network link autism community and research.        A couple of quotes:

  • The teens are not getting more noncompliant because their autism is getting worse.      It’s because they’re teenagers.
  • Teens say actually the hardest part is not having friends.

ChildlineTeen couples

Doc iconChildline was Esther Rantzen’s idea.         It has a well presented website where a teenager or young person can browse and see what others are saying or asking.      Click icon to view.

The website has a page about Autism.       More specifically, it has several pages which provide an introduction to issues that could be of help and interest to teenagers:

Peer pressure           Relationships            Sexting             Zipit

Sarcasm

Do you get sarcasm?      You might like to try Sarcasm is strong with this one on Facebook.

Doc iconExperiences

Read about parents whose older children and teenagers have either autism or Asperger’s.

Guidance for parents

This booklet offers practical guidance for parents and carers of teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome.