In this section you can find information about the effect of autism on areas of adolescence and practical strategies to deal with many of the issues that arise for young people with autism in this age group. The files from this section are available for download and printing in PDF format. You will need ADOBE PDF reader.
Further information on important services and day to day coping and is available in the My Family section.

Teen Years Behaviour

Behaviour ‘modification’ and support for people with autism is sometimes a confusing and contentious issue. Many approaches used to modify behaviour have failed in the past. It is far better to put strategies in place to prevent or minimise inappropriate behaviour than to react to that behaviour after it has occurred. It is better to...


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Teen Years Cognitive Skills

Tegan finds the other students in the class very annoying and distracting, and isn’t getting her work done. • Students with ASD tend to be easily distracted. The student might find it hard to concentrate because of background noise, flickering lights or the movement of others about the room. Classrooms that are very bright and...


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Teen Years Communication

A young person with high functioning autism may be articulate and have an extensive vocabulary but these skills can mask severe language difficulties. A particular area of difficulty is in the social use of language, known as pragmatics. Often people with ASD have difficulty initiating and maintaining a conversation or using correct tone and volume...


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Teen Years Obsession & Inflexibility

Points to note • People with ASD are rigid in their way of thinking, thrive on routine and like to know what is going to happen next. • When routine is disrupted or something unexpected occurs, the young person with ASD may experience great anxiety and possible behavioural issues. Small changes can cause more disruption...


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Teen Years Schooling Options

Students with autism may need to undertake distance education from home if placement at a mainstream school is not working. This can be due to behavioral concerns, bullying, anxiety, depression or stress or just not coping with school. • Distance education provides course work and study materials for students aged Prep to Year 12 in...


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Teen Years Sensory

Why does this happen? • Noise overload for people with ASD is a big problem. • People with ASD can have an under- or over-reaction to sound. Too much noise or some noises in particular can be distracting or irritating. Some sounds my cause the person physical pain when exposed to certain sounds. • Unpredictable sounds,...


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Teen Years Sexuality, Puberty & Hygiene

For parents of a child with ASD coping with the onset of puberty and their child’s emerging sexuality can be challenging. Knowing what to teach, how to teach it and what to expect can be daunting. If young people with autism are misinformed it can have damaging and long lasting effects on their ability to...


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Teen Years Social Skills

A student with ASD was allowed to choose one friend to join him and play his Nintendo at recess. He  went from being a loner to starting a nintendo club. Points to note • School grounds at recess and lunchtime are noisy busy spaces. There are unwritten rules that must be adhered to. There are many sights,...


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