The Transition to Adulthood is Hard Enough, But for Autistic Young Adults, There Are Many Extra Challenges

transition to adulthood with autism
Dr. Drew Rubin

Society often compares the transition from adolescence to adulthood as a “launch”, an almost sudden shift from dependency to independency, from being irresponsible to responsible.  Expecting a teenager to be ready to “launch” into adult life as a reliable and productive member of the world is unfair. 

This transition is more like taking a series of steps toward a destination. When it doesn’t happen exactly when parents thinks it should, often they react with disappointment, which can actually have quite a negative effect on the child’s self confidence. Can you imagine the patience and empathy required for parents of autistic adolescent children?

New Directions has treatment programs that help young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder live normal and productive lives. Call 877-763-5102 for additional information.

 

Young Adults With Autism Need Empathy 

 

Children with ASD certainly have unique steps to take, but many also have great skills to take these steps.  Autistic children have had a longer road through the school age years, which can mean they have accumulated more awareness and resiliency to navigate life after high school.  We cannot discount the positive traits and skills kids with ASD develop out of trying to survive childhood.  Parents need to always point out positive actions and behaviors, no matter how small they may seem, to build confidence and independence.

 

One of the most noticeable differences between individuals with ASD and their peers is the resistance to changes, being inflexible to new situations. Because transition into adulthood contains many uncertainties, a good way to prepare for them is to try new things. Try to find opportunities for your autistic child to volunteer or intern at a business. Learn a new musical instrument or have him or her audit a class at a community college. All of these things can help build comfort with new settings and experiences.  Remember, one step at a time.