Do you have an adult child who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Are you an adult with ASD?
ASD is a lifelong, neurodevelopmental disorder so it would stand to reason that our children with ASD grow up to be adults with ASD. As adulthood approaches, many hurdles have already been tackled and it is the refinement of skills that is needed. In some cases, some of the early childhood issues remain problematic or challenging. As you know, when you meet one person with autism, you meet one person with autism. There are no two people with ASD that are alike. Each person has unique strengths, talents, skills and a personality that shines.
Issues of adulthood may be very different from the early days of picky eating, toilet-training difficulties, sleep deprivation and managing morning routines. However, there are various concerns that may continue to exist for the adult with Autism. Since some of the daily challenges stem from having difficulties in the domains of social communication, organization (behavior) and managing self-regulation of emotions, some adults with ASD will have these questions:
- How do I organize myself to get through the day?
- How do I prepare a meal?
- How do I shop for groceries?
- How do I pay my bills?
- How do I get a job?
- How do I keep my friendships?
- How do I ask a person out on a date?
- How do I manage intimate relationships?
- How do I interact with people at work to make it a pleasant place to be?
For parents or caregivers of adults with ASD, there may be more significant issues that are of concern in day to day living. Depending on the person’s cognitive abilities and communication skills, each adult child will function at varying degrees of independence. Some adults with ASD will require supported living environments. In this case, how does the caregiver promote the ongoing development of independent living skills in that individual? What are the barriers to that individual living a more fulfilling independent existence?
If you would like more guidance in the area of supporting an adult with ASD, please call 204 415-7656 to book your therapist. Help is only a phone call away.