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Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

Transitioning Your Child with Autism Into Adulthood


Article by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP

I have a friend who has two amazing teenaged children, both of whom have a diagnosis of autism.  They both like typical teenage things like watching movies, going to the mall and junk food!  Both kids are communication device users.  My friend has been consumed for the past 7 years (yes, she started when they were little!) with planning to transition her children into adulthood. In my experience as an SLP who has worked with many families over the years, it is always refreshing to me when parent start the planning process early.  I thought this might be a good topic to post so I started poking around and found some nice resources.

  1. Public television documentary aired in 2011, but the information is still very relevant. The documentary is called Autism: Coming of Age.  It highlights three families going through the transition process in three totally different ways.  While each state offers different service types, the documentary provides insight on some of the different options to explore.   You can access a preview of the documentary at

If you would like to see the entire documentary, it looks as though they will provide a private showing of groups 25 or more.  For more information, click here.

2. Autism Speaks has a really nice Employment Toolkit.  It highlights things such as Advocacy, Benefits and Funding, Transportation Options, and the Job Interview.

 3. Easter Seals has a combination of services specifically targeting individuals with the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.  For a directory of agencies in your area that might help with planning, click here.

 4. An interesting article by Jennifer Van Pelt, MA.

Autism Into Adulthood — Making the Transition
Social Work Today
Vol. 8 No. 5 P. 12

 If you have additional resources or ideas for transitioning children with autism into adulthood, please share.

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