March 15, 2017
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Simple Steps to Teach Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to Effectively Communicate Emotions – Part Two

In my previous blog (Click here) I illustrated how a parent can help their ASD teenage son or daughter learn effective ways to recognize and communicate emotions. I covered these steps: Step One: Teach teens with ASD to identify feelings based on their related energy levels using a color-based zones system Step Two: Teach them feeling words that are associated with each colored zone. In this entry I will continue with: Step Three: Teach them that emotions often are expressed on spectrums and help them identify and use words for different levels of emotions. Many teens are hesitant to experiment […]
March 7, 2017
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Simple Steps to Teach Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to Effectively Communicate Emotions – Part One

At Heritage, some of our adolescents with ASD have difficulty understanding and expressing how they are feeling to others. Sometimes this is because they don’t know how to take what they are experiencing and put it into words. They don’t know what abstract words like “depressed,” “excited,” “overwhelmed,” “jealous,” “embarrassed,” “scared” or “confident” mean, especially when it is something they are experiencing in the moment. To be clear, linguistically they sometimes have heard or know the general idea behind these types of words, but they don’t know how to translate their own experiences into words they can label and then […]

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