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When a teen with autism is becoming an adult, there may be special challenges associated with achieving enough independence to be able to live safely and comfortably. To address these needs, planning ahead of time is essential. Children with various special needs may be registered in their states for special services, like individualized education programs (IEPs). These programs are extremely helpful in assisting teens through their transition to adulthood.

Educational Needs

It is important for parents to understand the desires, goals, and abilities of their special need teens. Once they have a good idea of where the teen wants to go in terms of higher learning, plans can be made for a vocational school, local community college, university, or specialized job training. Encouraging the teen to participate in activities that teach social interaction skills and how to behave in a work environment is also very important. Being flexible as the teen discovers their unique abilities is essential to their well being.

Legal Considerations

If a teen or young adult is unable to make his or her own decisions about finances or medical treatment due to autism, the parents or guardians may want to consider establishing a power of attorney that enables them to make these decisions on their teen’s behalf. When a young adult with autism is no longer covered by a parent’s health insurance policy, it may also be necessary to consider other available options, like Social Security or Medicaid.

Call to Learn More About the Needs of Autistic Teens and Young Adults Today

If you have a teen or young adult who is autistic, call the Valley Socials Program of West San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles, California to learn more about how to best meet their needs. We are based in West San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles but also serve Encino, Calabasas, Tarzana, and Sherman Oaks. Call us at (818) 650-0889 and let us answer your questions today.