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7 Things Teens With Autism Wish You Knew

Every child is a blessing, and autistic children are no different.

Young people on the autism spectrum, however, may exhibit certain behaviors that people around them may find quite challenging. But the last thing an autistic teen wants is your barrage of criticisms. Before you rush to judge these kids, here are a few things you should know about how they see life;

1. Understand that each person is different

Just because a child is on the autism spectrum doesn't mean they are like every other autistic teen. Just like we are all different from each other, each child with autism is different from every other child with autism. Everyone has individual skills, abilities, and challenges. ​

2. We see the world from a different angle

Autistic teens see the world from a different perspective to yours, and their response to different circumstances can be very different from yours. Smells, touches, hugs, noises, and others that seem fine to you may appear frightening and stressing to them. ​

3. Focus more on what we can do, rather than what we can't do

They might see things differently from how you see them and may find skills and abilities that seem so simple to you as tough and challenging. But then, they may also experience some details that you may miss. Regardless, you need to focus on that which they can do rather than being fixated on what they seem unable to do.  

4. We place importance on routine

Autistic teens feel much safer and cope better with routine. Being faced with something unusual can make them anxious. But that's not to say they aren't looking for new experiences. Instead, they'll require all the support they can get to discover new things that may interest them and others. The key is to get them to feel calmer and less anxious.

5. We may appear worried and anxious

​​You can find it challenging that these teens feel worried and anxious, even when they shouldn't. This is because they see the world differently. Again, they often find it challenging to express their thoughts and needs, so even things that seem normal to you can come across to them as painful, frightening, and confusing. When this happens, do know that they aren't being silly; they are really terrified.

6. We need friends, too!

While these children may have social skills challenges, they still need friendship, much like everyone does. Language and interaction may be difficult for some, but they still communicate in non-verbal ways. Learning how they like to communicate will be the key in this case.

7. We need your help

People learn in different ways. Autistic teens can learn too. What's important is taking the time to understand them so you can see the world from their view to an extent. This will help you understand how to help them learn in a way that will be relevant and truly helpful.This may involve a lot of moving and the use of visual aid. But understand that these children also want to learn and achieve like everyone else. They are just challenged with the way they learn and communicate. That why every help and support they can get will go a long way. 

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