As your autistic student grows up and becomes more independent, you’ll both need to find your footing in these new roles. Your student is no longer a kindergartener who needs you to help them cross the street safely. Nor are they a full-grown adult who can pay their own bills on time. This phase is in the ‘messy middle’ where you’ll both need to figure out what works for your family.
There is no magic formula, but there is one essential ingredient: open conversation. You can’t read each others’ minds so open and honest conversation is key between parents and autistic high school students. Whether you share your perspectives over pizza, during a walk, or while you have a captive audience in the car, make sure you find time for it to happen.
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A Simple Roadmap
If you’ve made it here, well done! You’ve just gotten a great overview of the key topics think about for your autistic high schooler. But we know it can be overwhelming. You don’t need to tackle all of these conversations and decisions at one time. In fact, it’s best to focus on small, consistent changes over time. Here’s a simple roadmap to help you get organized.