No one likes to be called a helicopter parent, that species of hovering mom or dad who is overly involved in their children's lives. But what happens when you have a child with autism, a child who does need more help?
Young adults and autism
Regardless of where a student falls on the autism spectrum, whether he was valedictorian or left high school without a diploma, there is a college program for him. But it will take a little research to find the right fit. Here are some resources and tips that can help.
A "surprising" number of teens with autism struggle with daily living skills — hygiene, riding a bus, shopping or preparing a meal — regardless of intelligence. Experts say it's important to focus on teaching such skills as a key to independence.
The road to adulthood officially begins for many teens when they graduate. But for people with autism, leaving high school is a more monumental step, one that will transform their relationship to services and supports.
In this video, Dr. Peter Gerhardt discusses the skills that people with autism need to acquire for adulthood. The skills include safety, hygiene, employment, social competence, decision-making, self-management and communication.
What parent doesn't watch their "tween" become a teen without a twinge of anxiety? Factor autism into the equation, and parents may well wonder how the changes of adolescence will affect their child.
An increasing number of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) will be transitioning to adulthood over the coming years. Are providers of adult services ready to accommodate them?
What happens when someone with autism leaves school and makes the transition to adult services, college, work or new housing? What does research say about the issues that affect adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.