I just wanted to share a good video to help explain autism to typical teens in middle school and high school. I found this video this past year on YouTube trying to update my training program. I have used this with all of my peer mentors during their training sessions this year. I have received all positive feedback from them on how this video wrapped up all my information that I gave them and helped them "get it". Check it out and share with others who can benefit!
- Coach Sabra Evans
The teenage years brings about a lot of change physically and emotionally for all children. The relationship between the child and parent often becomes strained at times due to a teen's struggle for independence. Then you add in the social communication barrier that autism brings to the table and a teenager with high functioning autism (HFA) may need to talk with someone other than their parents during these tough years to unload all their frustrations and anxieties. At totallysocialasd.com, Social Coach Sabra Evans offers 1:1 social coaching sessions catered to teens. Sabra will work with your teen on the daily highs and lows that they go through and teach them the social strategies proven successful for individuals on the autism spectrum to help cope with the anxieties of this new young adult life. The sessions are always individualized and driven by the client's current challenges.
Sabra Evans has spent the past four years working with teens who have HFA both on an individual basis and running social skills classes/groups. The topics these teens most often bring up to her are: dating, sexuality, intimacy, friendships, homework/test/projects/group projects, organization, study habits or lack there of, college, family dynamics, seeking jobs, conflict resolution, teenage norms, general stress and anxiety etc.
This 1:1 social coaching is not to be in place of, but in addition to a social skills group with other teens with HFA and trained peers. These social skills groups are imperative for teens with HFA to actively learn specific social skills by role playing the skill, peer remediation, and other research based strategies determined by the social coach. Sabra Evans also offers teen social skills group through totallysocialasd.com.
To find out more about what totallysocialasd.com has to offer to individuals on the autism spectrum of all ages please click on the any of the links within this blog and it will take you to the website!
The holidays can be a hectic time for us all. It's fun and brings about many happy memories, but there is a lot of stress that comes from the planning, shopping, hosting, and traveling.
As parents, you don't get any "time off". In fact, you have to do all of the above with your kids in the mix! Here is a great list of tips from Autism Speaks that may help to reduce some of the hiccups that come about from all this hustle and bustle. Some of the ideas of things to practice ahead of time are really smart and feasible to do at home. Taking the time now may ease the anxiety your child may or may not be able to communicate. If you have little ones the practice and repetition will be great. For older students the reminders to give them schedule updates and social reminders will help as well. Check it out and let us know what worked!
Finally, though we are a little early, Sabra, Chris and I wish all of our Totally Social clients, followers and family members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Blessings to you in 2014!
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