Posts Tagged ‘relationships’

Using Relationships to Support Children with ASD

Working with children, whether as a parent, teacher, or caregiver, is an inherently social process. This is no different when we are talking about children on the autism spectrum. In order to impact children with ASD, the adults in their lives need to employ a set of activities, strategies, and...

Vital Services to Promote Child and Family Resilience

It is common knowledge that having a child with ASD has an impact on the family, and the family has a profound impact on the developing child. Why then are there so few services to support families as they deal with the cumulative challenges they face managing child behavior, family relationships,...

Healthy Relationships and Sexuality for All

It has become commonplace to read about or hear stories about issues related to people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Healthcare, education, mental health and social services offer options for children that did not exist years ago. As these children grow up, their needs change. Older...

Communication Challenges in College Students with ASD

In addition to the typical challenges faced by young adults pursuing postsecondary education, those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis face unique challenges related to deficits in social communication. These include deficits in social-emotional reciprocity, such as taking turns in a...

The Importance of Communication in Neurodiverse Relationships

Neurodiverse relationships, in which one or both partners are on the autism spectrum, can be among the strongest partnerships. However, neurological differences present unique challenges, particularly related to communication. Partners may report feeling as though they are “speaking different...

Online Dating and Neurodiversity

Much has been written about the basic safety considerations of online dating, yet little research has been conducted to understand the nuanced difficulties that may be present for individuals on the autism spectrum who date online. A survey by Roth and Gillis (2015) found the most commonly reported...

Social and Emotional Learning: Transitioning to Adulthood

Social and emotional learning is a complex process in which children and adults acquire and utilize skills that are necessary to interact with oneself and others in a positive manner. Core competencies for individuals to learn include managing one’s emotions, setting and achieving positive life...

Walking the Tightrope: Promoting Success in the Adolescent with ASD

It is tough being an adolescent. Adolescence is a time fraught with changes at many levels. Physically, the body is growing and changing, evolving from the body of a child to an adult, and becoming physiologically capable of bearing children. There is a tremendous surge of hormones that allow for...

Autism, Sexuality, and Postsecondary Education

Approximately 50,000 students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will turn 18 (Autism Speaks, 2012) with many high functioning ASD students completing high school in anticipation of enrolling in, and graduating from postsecondary institutions (Camarena & Sarigiani, 2009; Chiang, Cheung,...

A Spectrum of Love: When Romantic Love is Not Attained

Romantic love is a subject with which many in the autism community are preoccupied. They wonder if and how they will find love, and when they do, how they might navigate its occasionally tricky waters. Traditional, romantic relationships can often seem out of reach for a majority of people on the...