Changing the Mindset of Youth on the Spectrum

Changing the Mindset of Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Advice on Transition from Pediatrics to Adult

After beginning our Transition article series, we received a question from a reader telling us about her experience going from a pediatric clinic to an adult clinic. This patient explains to us her common concern that so many others experience.  Lisa Greene responds with some very helpful advice.


Medical Professionals Share Transition Advice

Current research shows that an organized, methodical approach to transition is crucial. A. Kennedy et al. states: "Increasing evidence shows that adverse health consequences occur when inadequate transition arrangements are in place. Poor transition processes are increasingly recognized to have a significantly negative effect on morbidity and mortality in young adults."

Many People with Autism Suited for Jobs

Employers are realizing more and more that there is a group of potential employees in the autism community who can be productive workers if given a chance. Chris Simler is the director of career development services at Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, which has a program that focuses on teaching career and life skills to individuals preparing to transition to the workplace. He stresses that "there is no typical job for a person with autism." They can work in retail, accounting, data entry, and even social work.

Patients Share the Significance of Transition

Transferring from pediatrics into the adult medical system is a big step for families who have children with special needs. The medical care models are very different. Even prepared parents and young adults express shock at how different the two systems are. It's like jumping into a cold swimming pool. You might be mentally ready for cold water because you dipped in your big toe, but when you jump in, there's still a shock to your system. Some people appreciate the shock and call it "invigorating" while others can't wait to jump back out at the first possible chance!

Successfully Transitioning Special Needs Kids

Successful Transitions: Moving from Childhood into Adulthood and from Pediatrics into Adult Care

 Whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, transition is a word you need to know. As the parent of a teenager with asthma, allergies, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, epilepsy, hemophilia, or any other serious medical condition, your medical professionals have probably talked with you about "transition." But don't stop reading if you have a young child! This affects you, too, even if your doctors haven't mentioned transition yet.

Building Social Skills in Group Settings

Children with special needs can have a variety of issues with social relatedness, such as recognizing facial cues, regulating emotions and performing social reciprocation. For example, children with Asperger’s Disorder often have difficulty with recognizing social cues. More subtly, however, a child with an auditory processing deficit may have trouble keeping up with the pace of a conversation with several people simultaneously. Children with special needs often have social challenges that frequently lead to social anxiety and withdrawal.

Transition Plans Matter

Transition plans are a vital part of an IEP document for any student over the age of sixteen. In California, the state law requires that no later than age sixteen, a student’s IEP must include appropriate, measurable post-secondary goals and transition services needed to assist your child in reaching those goals. Cal.Ed.Code §56345(8)(a).

Support For the Transition to Adulthood

For young adults with special needs, the transition from high school to adult life brings a new set of opportunities and chal- lenges. Your child must have a transition plan by age 16. Begin- ning to plan early will increase his opportunity to achieve the great- est independence. As challenging as the day-to-day can be raising a special needs child, planning can’t wait.

Social Skills Groups for Children and Teens with Autism

When a child has autism, parents have many questions. I am often asked what is the difference between DIR/Floor Time and ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis). I had the opportunity to address this question at length with Dr. Mitchell Taubman, Ph.D., author of "Teaching Social Skills That Change Lives: Developing Meaningful Relationships in Early Childhood Adolescence."
Dr. Hess: What do you mean when you discuss teaching social skills for children and adolescents impacted by autism utilizing "contemporary ABA."