This week I am adding a new category to the blog for troubled teens, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). I do not have personal experience with either of these disabilities, but I know that 1 in every 350 kids (and 1in 80 boys) is now diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), that its incidence has increased by 300% over the last decade, and that the communities and schools are woefully ill-equipped to meet the needs of these kids and their families. I am on a few forums and I read about both the struggles and rewards that AS and ASD children add to your life. This is a community that I would like to represent on TroubleTeenBlog. Today in our local newspaper there was an article about Autism and Schools. How the schools do not have a plan in place to deal with this community. I can only imagine how frustrating this must be for all the parents. The article A Critical Condition Autism Threatens To Ovewhelm Schools includes: State’s schools lack cohesive plan for autismAlong autism spectrum, personalities contrastChronicle Radio: Students with autism coped with challenges of public school systemThis is a podcast of two men with autism and how they coped with the public school system.Many of the therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment programs I toured have units to support teens with Autism or Asperger’s and their personal issues. Tomorrow I will feature a special author and poet Rebecca Foust who has three teens, one of whom has Asperger’s Syndrome.
When adolescent boys and girls are at-risk with substance abuse, or behavioral issues, behavior modification programs, as well as cognitive therapy, can result in the positive changes he or she needs for a long lasting transformation.