These days, most children with autism are diagnosed early on. But that was not true 10-15 years ago.
If your teen or young adult has just been diagnosed with ASD, it can be a relief to find that there is a reason for their differences, and that there is a community that can understand and support them.
If they have a diagnosis, you’ll see there are many services and programs that can help them!
Here’s what you can do:
Be supportive. Make sure they know this is a condition and is not their fault.
Nurture their interests and talents. Help them do more of the things they enjoy and can do well.
Help educate your community about autism so it can be understanding.
Connect with the programs and people in your area who support people with autism.
Watch the following video, created by a high school student to educate other teens about autism: "A Teen’s Guide to Autism" (It will open in a new tab on your screen.)
Use our Resource Directory to find support services and recreational activities in your area! (It will open in a new tab.)
Sources: Autism Speaks, Autism Treatment Network, Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health, Autism Consortium