Teens and adults living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have special concerns. Read on to learn more from the American Academy of Pediatrics about improving the quality of life for teens and adults with ASD.

The dominant theme of the teen years is to plan an appropriate transition to adult life in the community. Areas of concern may include

By law, people with disabilities are entitled to an appropriate, free, and individualized education until the age of 22 years. IDEA specifies that transition planning should begin at 16 years of age. However, many states have legislation (which can provide more than IDEA) to start preparing for transition to adulthood earlier.

During the transition period, social skills, leisure skills, daily-living tasks, selfcare, and hygiene issues, in addition to certain academic subjects, should be addressed in preparation of moving into the adult world. In addition, older teens with ASD need to...

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