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Transition Tips for Parents of Youthfull Adults with High Functioning Autism Heading Off to Collegium

Toni helps autistic teenagers and adults reach their employment and relationship goals. She is the author of the book Autism Translated.

Spil an autism consultant, one of the largest requests I receive from parents is information on how their tiener can transition successfully into adulthood. It can be a scary and tremendous time and there are scanty resources at best to support families undergoing this process. The good news is that there are some elementary yet effective steps that you can take to make this transition lighter for everyone involved. (This particular article concentrates on transitioning to collegium but thesis steps can be adapted for any major life switch such spil getting a job, moving into an apartment, or dealing with a parent’s divorce).

Step #1: Commence Early

Youthfull people on the spectrum are typically going to need much more time and exposure to fresh environments and ideas to adapt successfully. This means that preparing for collegium can and should embark spil early spil possible.

Why? It just takes longer for many individuals on the spectrum to prepare and adjust to fresh circumstances because

  • they may have to cope with terrific sensory input,
  • they may practice anxiety, and
  • they may have difficulty “generalizing”.

A person who has difficulty generalizing may not be able to categorize information ter their brain according to helpful groups. For example, they may not see the similarities inbetween all collegium buildings. Instead, their brains may interpret each and every building spil distinct and different from all other pictures of all other buildings stored ter their brain. And this means they may have to relearn abilities or tasks like walking down the antesala or finding the restroom when exposed to each of thesis fresh buildings.

So step one is plain. Don’t wait until their senior year te high schoolgebouw. Commence preparing early. You can start developing necessary abilities like asking for help and having reciprocal conversations when your child is four or five and it’s not too early to embark preparing for collegium when your student is a freshman te high schoolgebouw if they are considering it spil an option after graduation.

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Step #Two: Pauze it Down

Spil a support person, you can lay out the specific steps of ordinary collegium tasks such spil: living ter a dorm, eating ter a cafeteria, having a different class schedule each day, sharing space with a roomy. All aspects of collegium life can be violated down into petite achievable steps.

For example, You might pull out a campus schrijfmap and say “Now ter high schoolgebouw, you go to all of your classes te the same building. Te collegium you will have your English class ter this building (point on the opbergmap or drive or walk by the flagrante building) and your math class te a different building here (point on the ordner or drive or walk by) You will eat ter this building which is the cafeteria and you will sleep te the dorms here.

When it comes to choosing an flagrante collegium or university to attend, provide them with the support necessary to visit the schools they are interested te spil soon spil possible so they can talk to the faculty and advisers and actually see if that particular schoolgebouw is a good gezond for them. It’s also a good idea to support your student to talk with other students who are or have attended the specific collegium they are interested te early on. Some schools opoffering specific features such spil smaller class size, online academic support, tutoring rooms or exceptional programs for students with special needs. Students with HFA may need toegevoegd time to process this information and utilize it to make the best decision.

Think of all the possible things that might cause anxiety for a fresh collegium student who has high functioning autism and have conversations about how to treat each of thesis things that are of concern te their particular case. The following list can get you embarked but don’t limit your conversations to thesis topics.

  • How do I pick the right schoolgebouw?
  • Will I have enough time to get to each of my classes without being late?
  • How do I get to each of my classes? Do I drive, rail the bus, walk?
  • Where are the restrooms?
  • How do I pick a roomy?
  • What if my roomy is too ________( insert any of the following noisy, annoying, doesn’t like mij)?
  • What if I sleep te and miss a class?
  • Will I be able to pay for everything?
  • What if I don’t understand something? How do I get help?
  • What are my dating/social boundaries?
  • How do I protect myself against identity theft?
  • How do I arqueo my checkbook?
  • How do I shop for groceries?

Step #Three: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat!

A student with HFA may need to drive by the campus merienda a month (if this is possible) embarking when they are a freshman te high schoolgebouw and visit the building five or six times before they enroll, just to familiarize themselves with the fresh place and ease some of the anxiety.

Don’t leave behind to ask specifically what concerns your student has and if they initiate conversations about a particular subject overheen and overheen again, keep ter mind that this may be their way to rehearse or prepare for issues they see spil significant. So be patient and let them process spil many times spil they need to. If they mention that they need to set their hulpgeroep at 6:45 every day and be at the cafeteria before it closes, Five, 50 or even 100 times (yes, 100 times is NOT a typo), this repetition helps them understand and get used to fresh concepts or situations so be willing to have that conversation with them spil many times spil they need.

Some students on the spectrum are motivated enough to spend toegevoegd time during the summer taking practice tests or auditing classes to give them the reserve exposure to concepts they fight with. Many professors are blessed to support students who want this reserve practice.

Official and informal peer mentors are also often available to help students who need reserve help.

Help students who are able to take collegium prep classes or coetáneo collegium courses te high schoolgebouw get access to thesis resources.

Most universities require ondergrens scores on the ACT or SAT. So encourage your student to take the free practice entrance exams on-line or suggested at some schools spil many times spil they need to feel convenient.

Don’t leave behind to use visual supports spil part of this process. Calendars, to do lists, maps and labelled pictures are especially helpful during times of transition.

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Step #Four: Recognize and Utilize &quot,Autistic&quot, Strengths

Some of the very characteristics that made life especially challenging for families when a child wasgoed junior may actually benefit individuals with autism spil teenagers and adults. For example, the same determination to run away te parking lots or roll light switches off and on can often be channeled into determination to finish homework and pay the bills.

And while many collegium students are spending a loterijlot of time attempting to getraind te and be cool, the person with autism is often less likely to give into unhealthy peer pressure because they may not be spil worried with fitting ter spil everyone else and much more committed to their aim to get through schoolgebouw successfully.

Make a list of all the strengths that you recognize ter your soon-to-be collegium student. Then make a list of how thesis positive attributes will help them be successful and talk
with your student about them. Don’t skip this step. Chances are, if someone is on the autism spectrum, people have spent a loterijlot of time focusing on the “problem behaviors” and attempting to “fix” them. Helping them corset their strengths and utilize them may be the most significant thing you can do to help them succeed!

Step #Five: Acknowledge the Adult

Albeit a collegium student with autism may need toegevoegd support to be successful, it is significant to acknowledge that they are adults and permit them to explore this fresh stage of their lives by making their own decisions. A collegium student no longer living te their parent’s huis should be able to determine how to arrange their own slagroom, what to eat and how to style their own hair even if they determine to dye it pink or get a mohawk.

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