How to help your teen

These days, most children with autism are diagnosed early on. But that was not true 10-15 years ago.

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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.)


To learn more about helping teens with autism, click on the box below:

Click on the titles or web address, and they'll open in a new tab or window.

Remember you can print this out and look at them later! (That's why we wrote out the web addresses.)

Transitioning Teens with ASD: Resources and timeline planning for adult living

Puberty and Adolescence Resource: A Guide for Parents

Transition Toolkit: For Families on the Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood

Video: A Teen's Guide to Autism



Sources: Autism Speaks, Autism Treatment Network, Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health, Autism Consortium


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