Resources for Teens & Adults

As the children of TACA’s parents have aged, we’ve worked to put together a series of articles to address teen- and adult-related issues and services. Below you will find many articles to help you survive the teen years and get your young adult on the road to his or her future. Teenagers with ASD Articles […]

ASD Teens Cooking Class©

ASD Teens Cooking Class© By Holly Bortfeld My son Max has been homeschooled since his diagnosis back in 1998. Even when he attended a private school for kids with ASD, he still had a home program too. As an ex-caterer, foodie and TACA recipe creator, one of the things I’ve always wanted my kids to […]

Back to School Links

Back to School Links Yes, it’s that time of year again. We’ve organized all of our Back To School links in one easy place for you! IEP and Special Ed Basics http://tacanow.org/family-resources/getting-ready-for-advocacy/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/closing-the-iep-deal/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/ideas-on-hiring-paying-for-a-special-education-attorney/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/special-education-tips-links/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/independent-assessments/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/presentation-special-education-advocacy/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/upcoming-legal-seminars/ http://tacanow.org/blog/the-real-cost-of-special-education-considering-the-return-on-investment/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/teens-with-asd-testing/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/the-back-to-school-assignment-for-parents-of-special-needs-kids/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/fundamentals-of-special-education/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/getting-staying-organized/ Partners in Policymaking Online Classes Allergies and IEPs http://tacanow.org/family-resources/tips-for-including-dietary-restrictions-in-your-child%E2%80%99s-iep/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/an-essential-handout-for-teachers-aides/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/gfcfsf-school-supplies/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/must-schools-provide-casein-and-gluten-free-foods/ […]

Teens with ASD: College

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Prepping your teens for college Yes, college is a real possibility for many with ASD. My daughter is a senior in high school this year and we’ve just begun the hunt for schools and scholarships. First word of advice? Start when your […]

Teens with ASD: Siblings

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi The only thing everyone has ever agreed on when your child was diagnosed was that “Early intervention is crucial.” Yes, it certainly is, and the learning curve for autism is hugely steep, confusing and time-sensitive. So when you were so immersed in […]

Teens with ASD: Driving

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Most teenagers know driving a car is a rite of passage and are anxious to get their license. Unfortunately, not all kids with autism or Asperger’s are going to be able to operate a car safely. It can be difficult to explain […]

Teens with ASD: Transition IEPs

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi What does “transition services” mean? The term “transition services” means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that: Is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the […]

Teens with ASD: Medical Treatment with an Older Child

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Medical Interventions are not just for the very young. The beautiful thing about medical intervention is that there is no “window” during which medical treatments will only work, but rather we’ve seen many families start medical treatments with teens and adults with […]

Teens with ASD: Puberty – What to Expect, Seizures, Anxiety, Sexuality

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Puberty Sexuality Seizures Anxiety For Girls Only Suggested Reading   Puberty: The Great Equalizer I have always called puberty the “great equalizer” because I have seen so many kids drastically change, good or bad, during puberty. Some children, with no changes in […]

Teens with ASD: Social Skills

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Social skills are increasingly important with age. What is acceptable behavior from a 4-year-old, is no longer acceptable from a 14-year-old. Start establishing appropriate behavior and habits earlier, rather than later, to avoid issues as your child gets older. For example, letting […]