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

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 the ...

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Simple Steps to Teach Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to Effectively Communicate Emotions – Part One

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 wha ...

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Motivating the Unmotivated Teen

Motivating the Unmotivated Teen Parents have used all kinds of motivational tactics to get their teenager to do things they don’t like to do. We use such tactics as rewards, punishments, cheering them on, lectures and, as a last resort, the futile argument of reason. I have s ...

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Help Your Troubled Teenager by Taking Care of Yourself

Help Your Troubled Teenager by Taking Care of Yourself At the beginning of a flight, you’ll often hear flight attendants state “In case of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will deploy,” and ask passengers to, “Please place the mask first on yourself and then assist children or other passeng ...

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Encouraging Students with Autism to Try New Things

Encouraging Students with Autism to Try New Things Anxiety and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often go hand in hand. Individuals on the autism spectrum can experience significant anxiety when it comes to trying new things. As a recreation therapist for more than 15 years, I’ve seen anxiety when stu ...

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10 Do’s and Don’ts for Meaningful Phone Calls

10 Do’s and Don’ts for Meaningful Phone Calls For many families the geographic distance between home and their program is a key component to help adolescents learn to take care of themselves and to allow a space for families to heal and change. It also means that the time allotted for communicat ...

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Identifying Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents

Identifying Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents When we observe the behavior and attitudes of our teens whose brains, bodies, forethought and judgement are still in development, they might look like they are oversized kids – uncoordinated, sometimes goofy and lacking in proper problem solving sk ...

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