Supporting a Teenager with Autism

Autism is a disorder that affects approx 1 in every 150 people born. The symptoms of autism include: social awareness deficits, communication deficits, imagination deficits, in many stereotypical behaviours and in most autistics sensory processing issues.

The teenage years are for the majority of us our most social years. But for teenagers with autism the teenage years can be stressful and confusing. During adolescents we develop socially what we say and how we act becomes important in the eyes of our peers.

So how do you cope if you don’t really understand the added pressure being an adolescent can bring with it?

Supporting a teenager with autism is very important especially during puberty.

For many teens with ASD using visual supports is beneficial. Typically those with autism ARE visual thinkers and learners, therefore visual supports ARE easier for the teen to understand.

Visual supports have been around for a long time and have been proven to work very well for those with autism. There are many different autism supports such as: social skills stories, PECS, flash cards, visual timetables and so on.

Today I am going to concentrate on probably the most significant of the autism supports – social skills stories for teenagers with autism.

Characteristically social stories ARE used to teach and re-enforce skills and behaviours that the person with autism is struggling with. For example a teen with ASD will have social awareness deficits, which could result in social isolation and misinterpretations of activities or events.

Social stories act like a visual plan or framework of a skill or behaviour that needs teaching or re-enforcing. The social story will break down the skill or behaviour into smaller easier to understand sections, using first person text and visual images / pictures it will describe the skill or situation from the child’s own perspective.

So for example during puberty our bodies develop and we need to be aware of personal hygiene – a social story can  help explain the need for this, as well as help re-assure the teen with ASD that what is happening to their body is perfectly normal.

The social story for teens with ASD should answer the “wh” questions – who, what, where, when and why as well as “how” and provide an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others which is an area of marked weakness for those with autism.

A social story for teens with ASD should help pave the way for positive behaviours, help with transitions, changes to routines, self – help skills, social awareness deficits, communication deficits and so on.

To find suitable social skills stories for teenagers with autism visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

Or http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Social skills teaching for teenagers with autism

Generally “normally” developing teenagers learn social skills through observation and parental instruction; this is not the case for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

Typically adolescents with autism spectrum disorder lack The Theory of mind and can find social skills difficult to master without direct teaching.

What is The Theory of mind – simply put The Theory is the ability to predict another person’s thoughts or emotions through observation – “reading facial expression, gestures, body language and speech inflection”

For teenagers with autism this is a skill that they lack, and therefore need help to learn.

Social skills teaching for teenagers with autism is necessary and can be achieved through Intervention Strategies like social stories.

We all need basic social skills, this is especially important during puberty. For teens with autism puberty can be very confusing, Intervention Strategies like social stories can help alleviate some of the difficulties and stress surrounding this time in the teens life.

A social story is like a visual framework of a skill or behaviour set out in terms of the relevant social cues. So for example a social story can be used to teach personal hygiene rules, personal space, no touching, transitions and so on, in-fact almost any skill the teenager with autism is struggling with.

For teens with autism puberty is confusing, a changing body and feelings can add up to anxieties which can lead to meltdowns and isolation. By putting social stories in-place for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder you can help them make sense of this period in their lives.

Social stories are short descriptive stories that use visual images/pictures to describe a skill or situation from the autistic teens point of view. The social story will answer the “wh” questions – who, what, where, when and why as well as “HOW” and will provide autistic teens an insight into what other people may be feeling or thinking.

Social skills teaching for teenagers with autism using social stories is beneficial to learn more about how social stories for teens with autism can help your adolescent visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

Where you will find information on social stories as well as have the chance to download social stories for teens with autism on puberty and other issues the teen may be facing.

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

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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Autism in teenagers

Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by the triad of autistic deficits: which are social interaction deficits, communication deficits and imagination skills deficits. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder display marked difficulties with socialisation, how they think, communicate and relate to those around them.

 

Individuals with autism may find it hard to make friends and understand what other people are thinking and feeling.

 

Most individuals with autism will prefer to stick rigidly to routines and become stressed when things change.

 

Some teenagers with autism can find it very hard to ask for help, this can mean they experience more frustration, anxiety and stress than typically developing teens.

 

Consequently, parents, care givers and teachers can struggle to communicate with the teen. For many parents this can be very frustrating especially during the teenage years and puberty.

 

Puberty in autism is not going to be easy, for a teen with an ASD puberty is confusing and difficult to cope with and understand. Changes in their body, transitions, experiences, sexual desires and needs and wants can alter. Puberty in autism need not be an uphill struggle.


Using appropriate resources and treatments for autism designed specifically to help around this period in a young persons life will be beneficial.


There are various treatments of autism available that can help with autism in teenagers such as social stories. Many teens will already be aware of this autistic resource and many will already be benefiting from their use.


Research into autism in teenagers and the subsequent treatments of autism available conclude that social stories are an excellent autistic resource for this period in a young person’s life. Using social skills stories as a strategy can help deal with issues such as puberty in autism, hygiene issues, menstruation, transition and so on, therefore reducing stress and confusion.


Social stories for teenage autism are easy to implement and need no formal training to use they can be edited, printed and personalized to suit each individuals specific needs.

 

Social stories for teenage autism break down the skill, situation or behaviour that needs addressing into small easier to understand pieces and can act as a role model showing the skill in a framework or step by step plan, explaining the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as giving an insight into the thought, feelings and emotions that are expressed or show by others.

 

Social skills stories should follow a specific pattern and use visual images or pictures to support the first person text. Generally an autistic people are visual thinkers and learners and will therefore respond better to information that is presented visually such as in social skills stories.

 

Developed primarily as a means of communication social skills stories are today one of the major treatments of autism used to help promote positive behaviour, teach social and communication skills and deal with sensory processing issues as well as prepare for changes, deal with negative behaviours and reduce anxieties and stress, such as the stress and anxiety felt around adolescents.


Social stories for teenage autism focus on a specific area of difficulty and allow the autistic teenager a chance to rehearse the skill making them more comfortable with and in the situation.

To learn more about how to help your autistic teenager through the teenage years by using social skills stories visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

OR http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asd_teens

 

Can be downloaded immediately for use with your teenager.

Teaching self help skills to teens with autism

Teenagers with autism tend to miss many social cues therefore direct teaching of social skills is beneficial.

 

For typically developing teenagers learning acceptable social skills is difficult, they tend to miss subtle cues, fail to recognise changes to tone of voice, facial expression body language changes and so on. Having social skills deficits, being unable to read verbal and non verbal signals is going to hinder a teen with autism.


Having social skills deficits is common to all teenagers with autism, the degree of symptom is dependant on the individuals own degree development as no two teens with autism will ever be the same.


Treatments of autism developed to help teens on the spectrum cope with and learn acceptable social and communication skills are beneficial.

 

One of the major treatments of autism used around this time is social stories. Many teens on the spectrum will already be familiar with the uses of social stories and may have used them through school and growing up.

 

Social skills stories were first developed twenty years ago to help aid communication for children with autism. But since then their use has increased and today they are widely used for all individuals with autism to help them not only communicate but also learn social, interaction, communication and imagination skills and behaviours. They are also used extensively for teaching self help skills to teens with autism with good effect.

 

Teaching self help skills to teens with autism such as hygiene skills, puberty, menstruation and so on, all life skills a teen on the spectrum may struggle to understand but will undoubtedly need to learn.

 

Social skills stories are normally written following a set pattern of four main sentence types: Perspective, directive, descriptive and control sentences. The social story will use first person text in a manner individuals with autism understand. A social story is generally visual; individuals on the spectrum are visual thinkers and learners making visual representation beneficial and easier to comprehend.


The social skills story acts as a role model for individuals on the spectrum showing and answering the “wh” questions who, where, when, why, and what as well as giving an insight into the thoughts, expressions and feelings of others all helping the autistic teen feel more comfortable with and in the situation.

 

Teaching self help skills to teens with autism need not be an uphill struggle, using social skills stories is beneficial. To learn more about how a social skills story could benefit your autistic teen visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

 

Social stories specifically aimed at hygiene issues can be found at http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene


Other ASD teen social stories can be found at http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asd_teens


All ASD teen social stories are written by an expert in autism. Other social stories can be found at http://www.insideautisticminds.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Address healthy hygiene habits in teenagers with autism

Many parents of teenagers with autism worry that they will not “fit in”. This worry is heightened by the autistic teenager’s difficulties in mastering hygiene skills and routines, especially hygiene issues with autism puberty, such as autistic girls and menstruation.

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

For many parents of teenagers with autism puberty can be very stressful, parents look for ways to explain puberty and teach healthy hygiene habits and routines in autism. Parents turn increasingly towards autistic supports such as social skills stories, designed to help them deal with this challenging period in their child’s life.


Social skills stories were first developed as a means of communication, but soon grew in popularity and use. Today social skills stories are used more widely to teach social, imagination and communication skills and behaviours as well as a means of communication.


Using appropriate language and visual images, social stories are used as autistic supports for individuals with an ASD and related conditions. The social story provides the teen with autism with a role model of exactly how to master the situation or skill.

 

The social story answers the “wh” questions ~ who, where, why, what and when as well as giving an insight into the thoughts, emotions and feelings of others. Concentrating on the main key points and cutting out all the frills, individuals with an ASD respond well to autistic supports such as social stories, which 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.

 

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

*autistic girls and menstruation

 

*taking a shower

 

*taking a bath

 

As well as addressing healthy hygiene habits in teenagers with autism, social stories also help to teach many autistic hygiene issues, all relevant to a healthy lifestyle.

 

To download social skills stories for addressing healthy hygiene habits in teenagers with autism as well as overcoming 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 autism puberty, school, friendships and other related issues are found at:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

 

Social stories on other social and communication difficulties can be found at:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

 

 

Improving social skills in teenagers with autism

Typically developing teens will learn social skills through observation and interactions with the world around them.

 

But for adolescents with autism this ability is missing, due to their social skills deficits. These social skills deficits will almost always be present in adolescents with autism, but with varying degrees.

 

For teenagers with autism the ability to pick up on social cues like for example, body language, hand gestures, facial expressions, as well as speech inflections like humour, warmth, sarcasm or hostility is missing.

 

For many teens with ASD simple social interactions like having a conversation or joining a conversation, making and maintaining friendships can be difficult. A lot of parents, care givers and teachers turn to simple yet effective methods and treatments for improving social skills in teenagers with autism, such as social stories.

 

Social stories can be a useful tool for many teens with ASD. Research suggests that social stories be used as a means of addressing social skills deficits, by improving and teaching social, communication, imagination and interaction skills and behaviours in individuals with ASD.

 

A social story is generally written for a person with social skills deficits to help improve and teach positive social interactions or behaviours.

 

At the start of puberty teens with autism can sometimes be confused, and need help to understand puberty and the changes happening in their own bodies.

 

Social stories can be used as a tool that will help explain puberty to teens with autism. The social story can also be used as a tool with issues like personal hygiene for example using deodorant, showering, for autistic girls menstruation, masturbation, appropriate touching, social kissing, swearing, and personal space.

 

Parents, care givers and teachers agree that the se of social stories at this time in an individual with autisms life is proven helpful.

 

To gain access to social stories that will help with improving social skills in teenagers with autism, such as using deodorant, showering, for autistic girls menstruation, masturbation, appropriate touching, social kissing, swearing, and personal space.

 

Visit http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

 

Other sites offering social stories can be found at: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

http://www.autismscoialstories.com/socialskills

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