Aspergers Teenagers - Support and Advice for Parents

Now for all parents it can be a difficult time when your child hits those teen years. But when your child has Aspergers, teenagers take on even more significance. They are now in the final part of their schooling, prior to them hopefully going into higher education or employment. High school and it's equivalent around the world can be a very dificult time for teenagers with Aspergers - as issues like fashions, cliques, bullying and sexuality can raise their head more and more. Also the strain and stress on both child and parents when it comes to looking at what the future may hold after school.

In this department I offer parents a whole variety of practical and helpful ideas for helping their Aspergers teenagers to find a way through these turbulent years. There is information on schooling, behavioral challenges, future planning, independence, sexuality and a whole lot more.

 

How do I help my daughter with Asperger's not be taken advantage of since she is so trusting? How do I help my daughter with Asperger's not be taken advantage of since she is so trusting?
Trust can be very hard for a teens with Asperger's. They tend to trust others because they sometimes think that everyone is trustworthy and friendly as they are to others. Many parents wish that they could follow their children around everywhere so that they can make sure that they are not taken advantage as parents provide constant protection. Since it is not possible to do this every day, it is important that you teach her about trust before she can be taken advantage of by others. The following are tips that you can use with your daughter: keep reading

Will my child be able to cope independent in "society" as a teen? Will my child be able to cope independent in "society" as a teen?
Your daughter most certainly can function independently in society. There are many teens and adult who are coping just fine in society, and your child can be one more added to that number. Just like everyone else, your child needs to be taught how to be independent before being expected to do so in the world. Here are a few things that you can do to make your child's transition to independence smoother: keep reading

Why does my 13 year old son "keep forgetting" to put the lid on the garbage can and to feed the dogs?  These 2 things get done everyday. Why does my 13 year old son "keep forgetting" to put the lid on the garbage can and to feed the dogs? These 2 things get done everyday.
Teenagers go through their phases where they are trying to get an understanding of themselves and life in general. They tend to see things their way and not really care or understand why they should bother with what others want them to do. Pair Asperger's with his teen years and it may be very difficult for you as a parent to get him to do anything you want him to do. Your son just needs a little assistance to get on track keep reading

What can we do to make day to day transitions easier for my teenage son with Aspergers? What can we do to make day to day transitions easier for my teenage son with Aspergers?
Transitioning can can be hard for children with Asperger's. They may experience many different emotions--especially when their is change in their daily happenings. Since children with Asperger's have to transition in various settings-such as home, school, and community-they may experience a great deal of anxiety that can be heightened with additional transitioning. Although changes in transitioning cannot completely be avoided, it can be lessened and avoided in certain situations. Here are a few tips that can help your son's daily transitioning easier: keep reading

How to deal with a teen just diagnosed with Asperger's? How to deal with a teen just diagnosed with Asperger's?
An Asperger's diagnosis can be very hard for the child and the parent. A lot of things may go through the mind of the child that he or she does not understand. He will likely have a great deal of questions that you may or may not be able to understand. Here are a few things that you can do to help your son with his diagnosis: keep reading

Should my child mention his Asperger's to potential employers? Should my child mention his Asperger's to potential employers?
For a teen or young adult with Asperger's, employment is a huge step toward independence. It is an exciting time for parents and child. Disclosing special information to potential employers is scary. While it is tempting to withhold the Asperger's diagnosis, it may be best to put the details all out on the table from the beginning. Here's why. keep reading

How to deal with puberty with a child who has Asperger's? How to deal with puberty with a child who has Asperger's?
For children with Asperger's, puberty can be frustrating, confusing, and totally awkward. Parents are rarely prepared for the havoc puberty inflicts upon their child, making this time of life difficult for everyone. Knowing what to expect before it happens will ease your child's transition into puberty and allow him to manage the many new changes, experiences, and emotions that are sure to follow. keep reading

Can you give me advice for my son with Asperger's on high school dating. Can you give me advice for my son with Asperger's on high school dating.
Dating is a huge undertaking for most teens with Asperger's. High school relationships are tricky in the best situations. When you add Asperger's Syndrome, dating takes on a completely new meaning. Strong social skills, social communication and language ability, and even sensory input are all characteristics of Asperger's that may come into play while dating. Along with these, here are some additional areas that will need strengthening. keep reading

Aspergers Teenagers - Teen with Aspergers and Physical Aggression Aspergers Teenagers - Teen with Aspergers and Physical Aggression
When children with Aspergers Syndrome grow up, the transition can be very difficult for the entire family. Normal teen behavior may pale in comparison to an out of control teen with Aspergers Syndrome who is refusing treatment. This is a trying time for both parent and child. The parent wants to remain in charge, and rightfully so. keep reading

Aspergers Teenagers - How can I help my son with Aspergers to grow emotionally? Aspergers Teenagers - How can I help my son with Aspergers to grow emotionally?
Children with Asperger's Syndrome generally grow up to become sensible adults who are able to function quite normally within society. Many live independent lives, hold jobs, and have families. More people with Asperger's Syndrome are going to college than ever before, obtaining degrees in a variety of fields. A strong base of support and preparation from a young age will help ensure your son's success. keep reading

Aspergers Teenagers - My son is 14 and has Asperger's.  His main means of survival is lying.  I can't tell when he is telling the truth or not.  Did he eat breakfast?  Does he have lunch?  Did he use soap in the shower?  Did he do his homework?  What do you recommend? Aspergers Teenagers - My son is 14 and has Asperger's. His main means of survival is lying. I can't tell when he is telling the truth or not. Did he eat breakfast? Does he have lunch? Did he use soap in the shower? Did he do his homework? What do you recommend?
It is often said that kids with Asperger's cannot tell lies. The truth is, they can learn, as you well know. Asperger's Syndrome is a spectrum, and while children with Asperger's will have the same basic characteristics, they are unique individuals with their own strengths and weaknesses. Children with Asperger's Syndrome struggle with social communication, causing them to be very rigid thinkers. For instance, rules are rules, no exceptions. The thought of stating a falsehood does not come naturally. keep reading

How can I prepare my 16-year-old son with Aspergers for work experience? How can I prepare my 16-year-old son with Aspergers for work experience?
One of the best things you can do for your 16-year-old is to talk with him about what having a job would mean in his life. Spend some time asking him about what sort of job he would be interested in. If he has a special interest or a hobby, perhaps he could pursue that interest. If he has an interest in movies, he could find a job in a movie theatre or video store. If he has an interest in video games, perhaps he could find work in a video game store. keep reading

Aspergers Teenagers - I have a 14 yr. Old daughter with Aspergers whose mind turns off from time to time when she is asked to perform something as simple as: "Go into the house and get my blue purse off of the washing machine right next to the yellow phone book". When she gets there, she has no idea what she is there for. She draws a complete blank and gets VERY frustrated. What is this type of behavior (mind going blank) related to and how can it be dealt with as a student, parent and help the school deal with it. Aspergers Teenagers - I have a 14 yr. Old daughter with Aspergers whose mind turns off from time to time when she is asked to perform something as simple as: "Go into the house and get my blue purse off of the washing machine right next to the yellow phone book". When she gets there, she has no idea what she is there for. She draws a complete blank and gets VERY frustrated. What is this type of behavior (mind going blank) related to and how can it be dealt with as a student, parent and help the school deal with it.
Many children with Asperger's Syndrome suffer from a symptom called mind blindness. This is a term that encompasses many things. It basically means that a person has an inability to see something in his mind. This can be an inability to see something from another person's point of view. It can mean that a person simply has an inflexibility in his thought process that can create difficulties with problem solving, impulse control, flexibility and planning keep reading

I am worried that my teenage son with Asperger's is becoming more reliant on alcohol to cope with his low feelings. Is this common and what can I do to help him? I am worried that my teenage son with Asperger's is becoming more reliant on alcohol to cope with his low feelings. Is this common and what can I do to help him?
The teen years can be precarious when under the influence of alcohol. A teen's peer group often sees alcohol use as a rite of passage. Teens think to be accepted by the crowd, you have to be willing to take some risks. These risks are keep reading

My daughter is 17 years old.  She wants to drive but I worry that she will go into 'Asperger's mode' and zone out while driving.  When we talk about driving I explain to her that she needs to be paying attention at all times.  Her response is "I don't know if I can do that."  Any suggestions? My daughter is 17 years old. She wants to drive but I worry that she will go into 'Asperger's mode' and zone out while driving. When we talk about driving I explain to her that she needs to be paying attention at all times. Her response is "I don't know if I can do that." Any suggestions?
One of the first, most obvious life transitions for a teen is reaching the legal driving age. That driver's license screams adulthood and independence. Every teen dreams of the day they can jump into a car and drive away, alone and unsupervised. Yikes! Teens with Asperger's are no different from their peers when it comes to meeting these life transitions. With a little extra preparation, your teen can ... keep reading

Aspergers Teenagers - We are trying to know how high to set the bar or what kinds of expectations we should help set for our 16 year old son.  He seems so capable sometimes and so clueless/lost at other times.  Any advice? Aspergers Teenagers - We are trying to know how high to set the bar or what kinds of expectations we should help set for our 16 year old son.  He seems so capable sometimes and so clueless/lost at other times.  Any advice?
Teenagers are often a puzzle. One minute they seem totally clueless and other times they come across as sharp as a tack. There is definitely an age factor at play. Kids in the mid-teen years conveniently bounce between being a child and becoming an adult as the need arises. Not purposely, of course, they are just trying to find their place in life. Asperger's Syndrome does not change this reality. Due to the additional struggles that Asperger's brings with it, the teen years can be extremely difficult. This is a time of keep reading

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