The Autism Blog. The importance of the young adult transition is becoming more recognized within the community of providers who work with young people on the Autism Spectrum. Now if we could just increase that awareness among providers who work with young people who are not on the spectrum. They struggle with the transition from high school precisely because it is a difficult process. Having worked with young adults both neuro-typical and neuro-atypical, I have observed similar challenges for both.
4 Ways to Help Your Young Adult with Autism Transition to Independence
Asperger's Symptoms in Adults, Diagnosis, Treatment, and More
People with Asperger syndrome may have high intelligence and better than average verbal skills. Most adults with AS have few cognitive or language skill delays. In fact, you may have above-average intelligence. However, adults with AS may experience other symptoms. Many of these can significantly impact daily life. No two people experience AS in quite the same way.
First-time callers of all ages most often reach out to us either when they first get a diagnosis or when they are facing a particularly acute issue. Young adulthood seems to be a particularly difficult time for people living on the spectrum. Many of these callers are parents who are worried because their young adult child spends most of their time in his or her room, on the computer. Sometimes they are sleeping during the day and awake at night, living life with very little interaction with the non-virtual world.
Young adults on the spectrum do not learn without a great deal of internal and external conflict. Looking at the world with an optimistic and explorative mindset did not come easily. A vital first step is assuring these young adults that all questions they have can lead to obtaining informative, useful answers.