As teenagers transition to adulthood, the stress on families can increase due to all the unknowns and a subtle shift in roles. This is particularly true when the young adult has a disability. When that disability is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the challenges can be even greater. At CRG, we work with many young adults who have “high functioning” autism. They are highly intelligent and often aspire to attend college. However, they also frequently have poor problem-solving skills, high anxiety, and great difficulty engaging in tasks with low interest for them. College – and the rest of their transition to adulthood and employment – can be complicated. How do you parent a 24 year old who doesn’t like to bathe and would spend 14 hours a day playing video games if allowed to? Dr. Elizabeth Roberts, a psychologist and Clinical Support Services Director for College Internship Program, has some answers. Click here to read her recent article offering parents some guidance.
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