Archive for October, 2011

The Terrible Teens – Dealing with Autistic Teenagers

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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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Prepare for Halloween with an autistic child

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

For typically developing children Halloween can be an enormous amount of fun!

However for an autistic child Halloween CAN BE the exact opposite.

Most children on the spectrum have sensory processing issues which can make them sensitive to stimuli, for example sensory processing issues will affect:,

Touch

Taste

Smell

Feel

And Noise

Having social skills deficits is a common characteristic of autism; social skills deficits affect social awareness, communication and imagination skills and behaviours, which CAN make Halloween difficult for the autistic child to understand.

Halloween with your autistic child can now be a whole lot more fun

How?

There are ways to prepare for Halloween with an autistic child, many parents USE supports like visual social story cards and social skills stories for Halloween.

Social stories for Halloween: Are short descriptive stories which CAN explain a skill or situation through images and short descriptive sentences. The social skills story CAN HELP make Halloween less stressful and confusing.

For example: You could try to prepare for Halloween with an autistic child – Give your child with autism a social skills story to practise the trick or treat conversation with.

Have another child or adult help you and practise using the social skills story – them ringing the bell, have somebody open the door and let your child with autism ask trick or treat. The social skills story will help give your autistic child gentle prompts of their own behaviour and what they will need to say and do while trick and treating.

You could try practicing for Halloween with your autistic child by using a story to help them practise taking the candy offered and saying thank you.

Halloween with your autistic child can now be a whole lot more fun, download social skills stories for your autistic child Halloween need not be too stressful this year!

Visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/Halloween  to download social stories for Halloween which CAN help with practicing for Halloween with your autistic child.

 

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