Transition to Adulthood

CHOP Launches New Study to Support Independent Mobility for Autistic Teens and Young Adults

Living as independently as possible is the goal of just about every teenager, and it’s a parent’s delicate role to strike the balance between letting go and offering support. For families of teens and young adults on the autism spectrum, this balancing act can be even more complicated than usual. “Increasing independence” can look different for everyone depending on their needs, and parents of autistic teenagers can often spend years working with their child and their support team to help build the necessary skills....

Ben's Road to a Driver's License

By the time Ben was a junior in high school, he’d seen his two older brothers get their driver’s licenses and drive to school for their last year of high school, and he set the same goal for himself. Ben’s dad was supportive of Ben’s learning to drive, but his mom, Sandy admits that it took her a little longer to get on board. “I was pretty sure he could handle the technical aspects of driving, but worried about the problem solving required and dealing with the other drivers on the road,” she says....

Guest Blog Post: How I Manage Depression + ASD

As someone on the autism spectrum, I’ve struggled with depression throughout my life.  But the issues aren’t always something that can be resolved simply with talk therapy.  And the triggers have come from different issues experienced at different ages. ...

Guest Blog Post: "Enjoy the Moments"

I never thought I’d be able to attend college.  I tried it in 2007.  I started out with four classes, dropped three of them, and finished one.  Then, I left college.  It just didn’t seem right for me.  Maybe I just wasn’t ready for it.  Maybe the college wasn’t ready for me as a person on the autism spectrum.  Maybe it was both.   ...

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Social relationships, including friendships and intimate relationships, are closely linked with overall health and wellbeing. Social relationships help to ward off depression and anxiety and increase self-esteem and satisfaction in life.  ...

Call Me, Maybe?

Oh the wild world of dating! It’s confusing enough for most to navigate, but teens and adults with autism can face additional obstacless while learning the fine art of flirting. Starting a conversation, reading non-verbal body cues, and knowing when someone shares your romantic interest are a handful of the dating nuances may be lost in translation for some people with autism....

Let’s Talk about Sex, Baby

For typically developing tweens and teens, sex education comes most often from peers, parents, school and healthcare providers. The same can’t be said for tweens and teens with autism. ...

Factors Associated with Driving in Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Getting a permit and learning to drive is a ‘rite of passage’ that many teens anticipate for years. A driver’s license comes with independence and responsibility, which can be simultaneously exciting and intimidating. For teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the decision to learn to drive is met with additional challenges and considerations....

Twenty-Year Outcome for Individuals with ASD

Past research on adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with average or near-average IQ scores have found a great variability in their outcomes (job, living independently, and friendships). To learn more about these outcomes, researchers interviewed the parents of adults with ASD who had participated in a study twenty years earlier. ...

Employment and Educational Activities for Young Adults with ASD

A study by researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison examined the post-high school occupational and employment activities of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who had exited high school within the past five years.  ...