The CD reports that about 1 in 59 children are diagnosed in autism spectrum disorder, which is five times more likely in boys. Most children are diagnosed after the age of four, although it can be diagnosed as early as two years old. Early intervention supports the healthy development of these children. This is because early intervention helps with communication and social skills, as well as learning from childhood into puberty and later adulthood.
How a Teen with Autism May Act
Teens with autism may have trouble in social situations and with changes to their routine. They will likely want to sit in the same place in the classroom and/or cafeteria. They also will want to focus on one particular thing, whether this may be a video game, a certain movie, or a certain topic. They will have a hard time dealing with everyday challenges, such as class changes. They are also literal thinkers and may not understand jokes or humor comments. They likely will stand too close when talking and may make it seem as if they are unaware of other people’s feelings and surroundings. They will not be able to interpret facial expressions or clues that a conversation may be over.
The best thing any family, friends, and teachers of those with autism can do is help those around them to understand why they behave the way they do. You can also take time to communicate with them on their terms and make them feel as comfortable as possible by helping them maintain the routine that makes them feel safe and secure.
Call to Learn More About Developing Social Skills for Teens with Autism Today
If you have a teen with autism and want to learn about programs to help them succeed socially and academically, call the Valley Socials Program of West San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles, California. We serve teens with autism in West San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles, as well as Encino, Calabasas, Tarzana, and Sherman Oaks. Call us at (818) 650-0889 and learn more today.