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Autism Corner: Motivating Teenagers on the Autism Spectrum

Editor’s Note:  This article was written for parents of kids on the spectrum but it would be a great resource to share with the caregivers of your clients.
[Source:  My ASD Child]
Question:  I need to put drive in my 15 yr old son with ASD. When I discipline him with taking things away … nothing seems to work unless I TOTALLY get frustrated … then he reacts. I would like him to CARE.
Answer  Most teens with ASD [High-Functioning Autism] struggle with social skills, communication, and a limited diet. The causes of these struggles (e.g., social, communication and behavioral problems, sensory issues, etc.) can create the desire for isolation and a lack of motivation. Teens with ASD easily drop into a lonely state of depression, making the original problems that much worse.

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