Teens on the spectrum and resistance to growing up

It seems fairly common for older teens with Asperger’s or high-functioning autism to prolong their childhood: failing classes in high school, not looking for work, not preparing for college, just playing video games.

Sound familiar? It does to me!

Reasons behind this unfortunate scenario might involve some or all of the following:

  • difficulty with transitions of any kind
  • avoidance of feeling incapable; overwhelmed by adult responsibilities
  • delayed emotional maturity
  • poor problem-solving skills and poor social skills

And, parents may be partially responsible if they are too lenient about consequences for unwanted behaviors.

How can parents coax or nudge their teen out of the comfort zone? The author of the Facebook page’s most viewed link in October, from the website My Aspergers Child, offers twelve suggestions on what to try (including to help the teen make lists) or what not to do (no nagging).

Click here to view the whole article: I Don’t Want to Grow Up! – Help for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum.

It’s also worth scrolling down on the link to read the many, many comments left by parents facing similar situations. They’ve had a wide range of experiences and they offer, shall we say, diverse opinions on what’s reasonable.

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About janet565

I've lived in the Inland Empire of Southern California since 1982. Born and raised in New Jersey, I've also lived in upstate New York and in Oregon. My profession involves maps and geography, which is usually very interesting. My hobbies are pretty boring - none of them involve tigers (or ligers) or jumping out of aircraft - so they do not bear mention here. I hope you find the blog useful, and wish you well....

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