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 not be taken advantaged of since she is so trusting? How do I help my daughter not be taken advantaged of since she is so trusting?
Trust can be very hard for a child 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. 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

How to cope with an obnoxious high functioning self-pitying 18 year old with Asperger's; who blew school and is currently doing very little with her life. How to cope with an obnoxious high functioning self-pitying 18 year old with Asperger's; who blew school and is currently doing very little with her life.
Let's be honest. Life can be overwhelming for people with Asperger's. Young adults on the spectrum feel the pressure of moving past childhood to become independent, functioning adults. Sometimes, that pressure is just too much, causing the young adult to basically give up. They just quit trying to achieve, coasting along in self-pity or in complete indifference. Honestly, it is both sad and frustrating. keep reading

How to really help a teen who has Asperger's with friendships?  Especially when you live in a community that is very competitive with sports and academics and your kid is not good at either! How to really help a teen who has Asperger's with friendships? Especially when you live in a community that is very competitive with sports and academics and your kid is not good at either!
For the teen with Asperger's, friendships are often the most desired and yet, the most difficult relationships to master. Poor social skills, self-esteem issues, and even poor personal hygiene habits can all be great obstacles to friendships. Living in a very competitive community certainly does not help matters. Even so, there must be other people who choose to focus on something other than competitive sports and academics. The solution to this part of the equation is finding more like-minded people. Here are some ideas for you to consider on the subject of creating friendships. keep reading

What can I expect as my child is starting through their tween years (11-14)? What can I expect as my child is starting through their tween years (11-14)?
The middle school or tween years can be extremely difficult for kids with Asperger's Syndrome. The protections of elementary school give way to independence and puberty. Your seemingly well-adjusted child can quickly become a real mess. The social demands during the tween years are the most difficult challenge for kids with Asperger's Syndrome. Of course, not all tweens will have trouble during the middle school years. However, it is best to prepare for the possibility of problems rather than moving forward blindly through time. keep reading

Good advice on transitioning from 17 to 18, without him being in a school district. Good advice on transitioning from 17 to 18, without him being in a school district.
Your son will soon be leaving his childhood years and transitioning into an adult. He needs to be prepared for his future as far as his career and independence are concerned. Although he is not currently in a school district, you can still help him to prepare for his future by taking a few measures. keep reading

Being made fun of when he gets teen years for his body movements. Being made fun of when he gets teen years for his body movements.
Many children get teased while they are in school by their peers. The children that participate in this type of activity usually have some sort of self-esteem issue, or they have the need to hurt or control others because someone has made them feel this way at some point in their lives. There are many ways that you can approach this situation to help your son stay clear of teasing. 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

Aspergers Teenagers - How can I prepare my 16-year-old son with Aspergers for work experience? Aspergers Teenagers - 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

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