The Terrible Teens – Dealing with Autistic Teenagers

For most parents, one of the most trying times in their lives is during their child’s teenage years. “The teenage years” and dealing with autistic teenagers is not easy!

When puberty hits, young adults go through serious changes in their bodies and minds, and parents have little or no control over many situations. In an autistic child, puberty is no different. Although your autistic child is not experiencing puberty in quite the same ways as others his or her age, major hormonal changes still occur in the body. This can lead to extreme results, and this can be either good or bad depending on how your child reacts to the new hormone levels.

One of the scariest side effects of changes for autistic teenagers is the onset of seizures.

Many autistic individuals experience seizures from birth right through to adulthood. However, even if your ASD child does not suffer from these episodes, he or she may begin to experience seizures during puberty and afterwards, due to the new levels of hormones in their body.

Almost a quarter of autistic children experience seizures, but many go undetected because they are not textbook versions of seizures.

If you recognize that your ASD child is experiencing a seizure, you should contact your G.P., he/she will be able to prescribe medications or treatments which will help your autistic teen.

However, if the seizures are subconsciously happening, you and your child may not realize it. The result of these small hidden seizures can be a loss in function, which can be disruptive, especially if you child was improving before puberty. Regular check-ups during puberty, therefore, are extremely important.

The changes many autistic children go through are not necessarily be a bad thing. New hormone levels in the body and the other changes associated with puberty can help your autistic child grow and succeed in areas he or she normally had no skill or interest.

Many parents report that their teen’s behavior improved, and that learning in social settings has become easier.

The important thing about puberty is to learn to monitor the changes in your ASD child very carefully and to ask your doctor lots of questions.

Remember that puberty is a difficult experience for any young adult, and so it will be even more difficult for autistic individuals.

Try using supports for autism and puberty with your aspie teen. Supports like social stories ARE effective around this time of life.

Typically an aspie teen may not understand what is happening to them and CAN become withdrawn, stressed and feel isolated.

The benefit of using supports for autism and puberty like social skills stories for teenagers with autism is that the social story CAN become like a friend (a visual plan or framework) detailing to the teen with autism exactly what is happening and why as well as giving them possible outcomes and suggest behaviors

The social story will answer the “wh questions – who, what, why, where and when” as well as “HOW” and will offer the teen with autism an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness in many autistic individuals.

To learn more about The teenage years – dealing with autistic teenagers with supports for autism and puberty like social skills stories for teenagers with autism visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

 

 

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Teach the autistic teen social skills using social stories for autistic teenagers

What are teens with autism spectrum disorder like? And what are the autism effects on teenagers?

The teenage years are for the vast majority of us our most social years.

But if you’re autistic they CAN be stressful and confusing. So how can YOU HELP your teen cope with this confusing period in their life.

The autism effects on teenagers are still similar to those displayed as a child. The teen on the spectrum will have difficulties with social situations, such as making friends, they will struggle to start and sustain conversations, may prefer to be alone, have difficulties joining in activities and lack imagination.

Many autistic teenagers can appear rude, aloof even in some cases withdrawn. However some autistic teens may be aggressive display tantrums, shout and generally be difficult to control which can cause stress within the classroom and home as the autistic teenager grows so does their strength and capabilities to be destructive.

For many teens with autism spectrum disorder lacking the ability to express their emotions like anger, fear and frustration in ways that are acceptable may cause difficulties, and a behaviour which was acceptable as a child may become inappropriate as the teen with autism spectrum grows older.

As their body alters and hormones rage many teens with autism spectrum disorder can become anxious and confused. The teen on the spectrum will have a lack of social understanding which can cause stress, coupled with a lack of understanding as to what is happening to them physically, this can be a recipe for disaster.

Treatments of autism that teach the autistic teen social skills are available and in the majority of cases prove successful.

Teenagers with autism respond well to help with social skills training. Research suggests that social skills training helps reduce the anxieties.

Teachers and parents of ASD teenagers use treatments of autism such as social stories for autistic teenagers to help them teach the autistic teen social skills and address communication difficulties, such as asking questions, respecting personal space, making friends, menstruation and so on.

The social skills story gives focus to the key points and helps the teenager with autism find answers and techniques for those situations they struggle with.

Social stories for autistic teenagers answer the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give the teenager with autism an insight into the thoughts, emotions and feelings of others, which is an area of marked weakness in most autistic individuals. The social skills story also helps to reduce anxieties and confusion.

A social skills story can be used to help with transitions, hygiene issues, puberty as well as less common issues like appropriate kissing and touching.

Social skills stories use visual images and appropriate first person text in a set formula to describe the situation or skills the ASD teen is finding difficult.

To find out more about how social skills stories will help you to teach the autistic teen social skills and address their communication difficulties visit and get downloads of social stories for autistic teenagers

Where you will find information on what are teens with autism spectrum disorder like and social stories for anyone caring for an ASD teen.

Social skills teaching to teenagers on the autism spectrum

All children with autism have social deficits in three main areas; social interaction, communication difficulties and imagination skills. Many will also display ritualistic and obsessive behaviours.

 

These social deficits will remain with your child into the teenage years; autism can not be outgrown or cured.

 

For the vast majority of us the teenage years are probably our most social years. For teenagers on the spectrum the teenage years can bring their own set of issues, with an increase in hormonal levels many teenagers on the spectrum may begin to suffer from seizures, this in-itself can cause major problems.

 

But add to that a changing body. Increased sexual desire and changing peer pressures, for autistic girl’s menstruation, the teenage years can be an anxious, confusing and stressful time for the ASD teen.

 

Puberty is not something that can be avoided just because you are on the spectrum, therefore various resources aimed at helping parents of autistic teenagers help their child navigate their way through the high’s and low’s of the teen years are available.

 

One such resource aimed at helping parents of autistic teenagers explain puberty, for autistic girl’s menstruation as well as hygiene and other age related social skills is social skills stories.


No doubt you are probably already aware of how good this resource can be and how affective.

 

Social stories can take the pressure out of social skills teaching to teenagers on the autism spectrum.

 

A social skills story is normally a short visual representation of the situation, skill or behaviour that needs addressing. The social skills story breaks the skill down into small pieces taking out the frill, and highlighting the social cues or prompts. By using visual images and first person text in a concise and clear step by step plan, the social story will act like a role model for the skill, situation or behaviour.

 

This allows the ASD teen to rehearse the skill making it feel more routine thus taking away any anxieties and confusion.

 

Social stories aim to answer the “wh” questions (who, where, why, when and what) as well as giving the teenager on the spectrum an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others.

 

Research suggests that social skills teaching to teenagers on the autism spectrum using social skills stories is beneficial

 

Not all social skills stories will be perfect, as no two teens will ever be the same, and from time to time will need tweaking to fit the teen and their capabilities.

 

To learn more about social stories for teens on the spectrum visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

 

Other sites offering social skills stories for children with autism can be found at:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com


Teach healthy hygiene habits and routines in autism

Many parents of teenagers with autism worry that their child will not “fit in”. This worry is heightened by the autistic teenager’s difficulties in mastering hygiene skills and routines? especially around puberty.

Hygiene skills are essential life skills but for many autistic teens developing these skills can be challenging. Consequently direct teaching of healthy hygiene habits in autism is essential.

Many parents of teenagers with autism look for ways to teach healthy hygiene habits and routines in autism and turn increasingly towards autistic supports such as social skills stories.

 

Developed almost twenty years ago social skills stories help teach social and communication skills to autistic individuals effectively.

 

Using appropriate language and visual representations they show the teen with autism exactly how to master a skill, what to expect and what others will expect.


The social skills stories explain the why, where, what and when of the skill concentrating on the main key points and cutting out all the frills in a way the teen with autism can comprehend and cope with, helping to relieve anxieties and make the teen with autism more comfortable with and in the situation.

 

Consequently many parents of teenagers with autism use social skills stories to teach healthy hygiene habits and routines in autism and report huge success rates.

 

Parents of autistic teens implement social skills stories to help with autistic hygiene issues such as:


* autism and going to the bathroom

* puberty and autistic girls

* autistic teenage hygiene ~ using deodorant

* autism and menstruation

* taking a shower

* taking a bath


Plus helping to teach many autistic hygiene issues, all relevant to a healthy lifestyle and being accepted by peers.

 

Generally parents of autistic teens will already probably have a general knowledge of social skills stories, and may already be using them to teach other social and communication skills to their autistic teenager.

 

To download social skills stories for healthy hygiene issues in autistic teenagers you can visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

 

From this website you can now instantly download 20 social skills stories for healthy hygiene issues in autistic teenagers and children.

 

Other social skills stories for autistic teenagers dealing with puberty and autistic girls, plus male puberty, school, friendships and other related issues are found at: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens