• 5 hours 31 mins
  • 30 days to complete course
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Certificate of completion
  • Suitable for professionals

Course summary

The purpose of this course is to equip participants with specific skills and strategies to make the teenage years a success. Autistic teens use specific coping strategies to cope with having autism. The coping styles and the implications of these for understanding, teaching, parenting and managing autistic teens are described.  The presenters will focus on a range of areas known to be important to autistic teenagers including the transition into high school, the learning profile and specific strategies to encourage academic and social success, the management of anxiety, stress, anger and depression, friendships, relationships and sexuality, what to do about bullying, and transition into a career.

Who will benefit?

Parents, family members, health and educational professionals who see children and/or adolescents with Autism (ASD Level 1 or 2) as part of their practice, including psychologists, paediatric psychiatrists, paediatricians, GPs, teachers, teacher’s assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, counsellors, and social workers.

Learning objectives

  • Research on the neurology of the teenage brain and how this affects the teenager with autism
  • If, when and how to share the discovery of autism with your teenager
  • Strategies to transition an autistic teenager to high school
  • The learning profile of the teenager with autism and necessary classroom accommodations and considerations
  • How to recognise autism in teenagers who camouflage in school and diagnostic interviews
  • Strategies to teach teenagers with autism to develop awareness of themselves and their emotions, for use across settings
  • Parenting strategies for the autistic teenager
  • How to manage a meltdown
  • How to recognise and manage a depression attack
  • Understanding and supporting friendship for autistic teenagers
  • Teaching sexuality
  • Strategies for building resilience in the face of bullying and peer exclusion
  • How to manage the transition to career

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