Teens with ASD: Introduction & Article Links

November 9th, 2015

By Holly Bortfeld

The future depends on what we do in the present. - Mahatma Gandhi

Ready or not, here it comes!

No matter which road you take on your autism journey with your child, one thing is inevitable: our kids become adults. Quicker than you can blink, your precious toddler is going to be a strapping young man or lovely young lady. Are you ready?

I am the parent of two kids with ASD, ages 22 and 20. It seems like just the other day that they were toddlers and “Poof!” I now have one graduate from college and one deep in life skills training for his future. Time really does fly. Being prepared can be the difference between success and failure for your child, so roll up your sleeves and let's get started.

What are the most important things you can give your child? Love, respect, education, health and time. You will need a few things to survive this journey intact: the internet, coffee, unconditional love for your child, and an unending sense of humor. With these things, you will be able to build a strong team to support your child and your family.

The building blocks for a happy, healthy, safe child are social skills and life skills, so let's begin there.

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