By Interactive Metronome - December 5, 2011
Teenage autism and social Isolation
Hanging out with friends after school is a big part of a teenager’s life and is crucial for developing people and communication skills. For those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), social activity is very rare, especially after school and out of the family circle. This is something that has kept Professor Paul Shattuck of Washington University in St. Louis busy for many years; he says that limited or absent peer relationships can negatively influence health and mental health, especially during this difficult age.
One way of addressing this problem is to foster participation on group activities such as clubs, scouting, or sports. Although these activities can be an additional impact to your wallet, many organizations and community advocate groups are promoting these activities and making them free for low-income families, parents should visit local advocacy groups and se what is available.
Article by Jessica Martin, Washington University St. Louis
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