Transitioning to adulthood

How parents can help neurodivergent teens transitioning to adulthood.

Front Porch Cohousing Perspective: A parent who is struggling with the often-unexpected (and sometimes-challenging) process of raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, may start to feel overwhelmed at the prospect of their child’s transitioning to adulthood. You may be wondering: What’s coming up next? Or: Where will I be in five years? Or: What did that specialist mean when he said that my child would never be able to hold a job?

There are many ways to prepare for the transition, and many stages to the process. You may want to know more about the best practices for preparing for your child’s transition to adulthood. Or you may want to know how to help your child with their transition.

Regardless of where you are in the process and how much you know about transition, it’s important to remember this one thing: Transitioning to the next stage in life is a journey for everyone. Just be sure that you’re making it easier for your child by being there for them and listening.

Healthcare is a vital component of helping your child successfully transition to adulthood. Another vital area in the transition to adulthood for neurodiverse adults is lifelong housing, which is the core focus of our future housing plans.

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Check out this wonderful article from the Reading Eagle written by Dr. Kristin Sohl |for more information and insight.

There are many resources available to you, including books, websites, support groups, and more. You might also want to talk to a professional about your child’s situation. There are a variety of professionals who work with people with disabilities, including psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists. These professionals can help you to understand your child’s situation and to think about how you want to help them.

Also, make sure to visit the Got Transition website as mentioned in the article by Dr. Sohl. Got Transition is the federally funded national resource center on health care transition (HCT). Its aim is to improve the transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of evidence-driven strategies for clinicians and other health care professionals; public health programs; payers and plans; youth and young adults; and parents and caregivers.

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