Transitioning to Adulthood: Planning for the Future of Teens with Autism

November 15, 2023 - The Cornerstone Team

Transitioning to Adulthood: Planning for the Future of Teens with Autism

The transition is a significant milestone, filled with opportunities and challenges. For teens with autism, this journey may require special considerations and planning. At Cornerstone Autism Center, we are dedicated to preparing teens with autism for a successful transition to adulthood. In this blog post, we explore the importance of planning for the future and share strategies to ensure a smooth transition.


Transition to Adulthood

1. Begin Transition Planning Early:

Transition planning should ideally start during the teen years to allow sufficient time to identify goals, develop skills, and establish a comprehensive plan.


2. Set Achievable and Clear Goals:

Work with your teen and their support team to set clear, achievable goals for the transition period and beyond. These goals may include employment, education, independent living, and social engagement.


3. Develop Independent Living Skills:

Focus on teaching independent living skills, including budgeting, meal prep, and self-care, to enhance the teen’s ability to live independently.


4. Explore Post-Secondary Education Options:

Investigate post-secondary education programs, vocational training, and college options that align with your teen’s interests and abilities. Consider the availability of special education services and supports.


5. Cultivate Social and Communication Skills:

Social and communication skills are crucial for building relationships and succeeding in various environments. Encourage your teen to engage in social activities and practice effective communication.


6. Seek Employment Opportunities:

Explore employment options and job training programs that match your teen’s skills and interests. Collaborate with vocational rehabilitation services to facilitate job placements and support.


7. Understand Legal and Financial Matters:

Familiarize yourself with legal and financial considerations, such as guardianship and government benefits, to ensure the teen’s well-being and financial security.


8. Develop a Transition Team:

Assemble a team of professionals, educators, therapists, and family members to provide guidance and support during the transition process.


9. Encourage Self-Advocacy:

Empower your teen to become a self-advocate, capable of expressing their needs, preferences, and goals in various settings.


10. Monitor Progress and Adjust Plans:

Regularly review and adjust the transition plan as needed to accommodate changes in goals or circumstances. Flexibility is key to a successful transition.


The journey to adulthood for teens with autism is a transformative period filled with promise. At Cornerstone Autism Center, we are committed to ensuring that each teen is prepared to embrace the future with confidence and independence. By early planning, setting clear goals, and providing the necessary support, we can help teens with autism transition to adulthood and build a fulfilling and empowered future.

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November 15, 2023, The Cornerstone Team

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