Over the years, “autism” has gone from being virtually unheard of to a buzz word to, nowadays, a word a part of the common vernacular. Most people have at least heard of autism or have a personal connection to the disorder. Many people tend to think of a younger child, perhaps preschool – elementary age when they think about a person with autism. But teenagers and adults experience the joys and challenges of autism, too, along with their families.
How does autism change in the teen years? What stays the same? How can we help our young adults thrive in the high school years without hitting the panic button and stressing over academics? Raun K. Kaufman is an author, international lecturer, and former CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America who has worked with hundreds of families just like yours and mine. He’s here to help us navigate these years with our wonderful children and encourage us to live beautifully in the tension between unconditional acceptance of our teen and helping him to grow.
Join us today as Raun and I explore autism in the teen years.
In this episode you’ll hear:
- Raun’s autism story
- Why people don’t talk much about autism in the teen years…and why we should
- How we as homeschoolers are uniquely positioned to help our kids
- How parents can handle the pressures of academics in the teen years
- Why your attitude has way more to do with your teen’s behavior than you think
- A message for the mom who thinks it’s too late to help her teen
- What next steps you can take to help your teen
- What is The Son-Rise Program®?
- Inspiring Speech with Kate Wilde, Director of The Son-Rise Program®
- Seeing Autism in a New Light with Bryn Hogan, Executive Director of the Autism Treatment Center of America®
- Autism Breakthrough: A Book Review
- Autism Breakthrough (Affiliate link)
- C.S. Lewis friendship quote: “Friendship…is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…”
- The Autism Treatment Center of America online program
- Raun’s email for 1-on-1 sessions: firstname.lastname@example.org