Easy to Use Strategies with Autistic Teens


Looking for ways to support your teen on the autism spectrum with independent living skills, self-advocacy, vocational skills, and more?

This post will share easy to use strategies you can put into place to teach, support, and practice all these skills and more with your autistic teen.

If you're like me, then you definitely find goals easy to make for different skills.

In fact, they're fun!

Look at all these things we'll get done 6 months from now or a year from now?! We're crushing it!

But I bet you were also wondering and maybe a little doubtful (I get it) that the goals for these skills may not be reached.

I get it, life happens, it gets in the way, and we as caregivers, parents, family members need to shift focus to the present and getting daily things done.

But what if I told you that there is a way, that you can work with your teen to achieve their goals?

Here's how...

Evidence-based practices for individuals on the autism spectrum

These are established, research-based practices and strategies that have been proven to be helpful with teaching, practicing, and mastering skills with individuals on the autism spectrum.

There are 27 of them, and you can learn how to use them and implement them right away, using a free online resource called the Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM).

Related Reading: Here's a blog post I've written about this amazing resource called AFIRM.

You can also reach them directly here, create a free account, and start watching their modules.

I've put them into place with so many families, teachers, and schools and I've seen from experience, that these strategies work and can be extremely helpful for our teens on the autism spectrum.

They help with building independence, supporting academics, self-advocacy, self-care skills, organization, etc.

You name a domain skill, and I've seen an evidence-based practice (EBP) support it.

So here are a few of my favorites in the visual aid below:


Check these out on AFIRM if you want more information (or comment below, I would be happy to talk about these and see what fits for you and your teen).

You'll find that they'll be very helpful as you try to determine strategies to meet your goals.

They are easy to plan and implement across any domain skill area.

I've seen them used with vocational skills in the workplace to self-care skills in the shower and even in the community.

What are some EBPs you want to learn more about and try out at home? Share in our Autism Grown Up community and let’s chat!