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Most teenagers experience mood swings due to hormonal changes and are more likely to pick fights over gaining independence; however, teens with autism are more likely to have emotional meltdowns when they are overwhelmed or overstimulated, rather than when trying to assert their independence. Teens with autism may be more sensitive to intense emotions, but […]

Self-esteem is a powerful predictor for personal success. Although self-esteem refers to the relationship you have with yourself, it is easily influenced by the way you are treated by others and how secure you feel in social relationships. For teens on the autism spectrum who may struggle with social cues and feeling a sense of […]

Many parents struggle with how to explain puberty to their children and how much information is necessary to include, preferring to use the metaphor of the Birds and the Bees than to talk openly about sexual development. For preteens with high-functioning autism going through puberty, they are less likely to understand that the Birds and […]

The goal for students with learning disabilities is to be able to learn in the least restrictive environment, but the general education classroom is not always equipped to provide adequate direct services that will help your child feel like they’re on the same page as their peers. A common myth about special education is that […]

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is more common than you would think, as its symptoms fall along a spectrum and many aren’t immediately noticeable at birth. Current estimates suggest that between 4-6% of individuals are affected by fetal alcohol syndrome, which means it is 3 times as likely to be diagnosed as autism spectrum disorder. The high […]

As a parent, we spend much of our time thinking about our children. We worry about their struggles. We think about how we can celebrate their strengths. We hope that the world will accept them for exactly who they are. Parents of teens with autism have a unique set of questions and concerns for their […]

Up to 80% of autistic teens also experience intense anxiety symptoms. According to the Interactive Autism Network, “because of the social differences experienced by teens on the spectrum, such as trouble initiating or maintaining a conversation or adherence to strict rituals or schedules, additional stress to any of these activities may result in feelings of […]

While your body remembers the impact of a traumatic event, your brain is more forgetful after suffering traumatic brain injuries that can damage neural connections, executive functioning, and emotion regulation. Traumatic Brain Injuries can be caused by a variety of external sources, including concussions, sports, car accidents, falls, military service, or assaults. As the causes […]

Research shows creative thinking is not uncommon for individuals who have ADHD. This could prove beneficial to teens when entering adulthood. Individuals with ADHD have a tendency to resist conformity and ignore typical information. These qualities can serve as an asset in the professional world. Studies show that individuals may be more flexible in tasks […]

ABA Therapy, what does it mean? ABA stands for “Applied Behavioral Analysis”. This is a leading type of therapeutic approach for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. ABA therapy for Autism is based upon a set of behaviorist theories. These theories are based off of the idea that appropriate behaviors can be taught through a system […]