Autistic teenagers dating
Autistic teenagers dating
[Point out to your teenager that when they start to notice themselves experiencing these physical cues, this is their body’s way of telling them that they are experiencing intense feelings.
They may also seem to show a complete lack of emotion, due to the fact that they don't understand how to express their emotions appropriately.
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Dating and relationships can be tough for anyone to handle, but teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism face unique challenges.
Teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism often find the world of emotions to be overwhelming and puzzling.
They have problems labeling, or even recognizing, their own emotions.
Teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism may have sensory difficulties.
These can occur in one or all of the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, or taste).What makes dating and relationships even more difficult is that they find it difficult to understand the emotions of others. Identifying and labeling emotions in photos: Using the digital camera, take photos of your teenager displaying any naturally occurring emotions, both positive and negative. Share each picture with your teenager, asking them to label the emotion.Materials needed: an empty photo album or notebook and a digital camera. After they label the picture, have them tape the photo into the album or notebook and then label the picture with the correct emotion. Identifying and labeling nonverbal clues using photos: Using the photo album or notebook, ask your teenager to look for the nonverbal clues in their facial expression or body language that helped them label which emotion was being expressed.[Point out to your teenager that when they see these “clues” in another person, that person may be angry.This helps your teenager to start to identify angry feelings in others, whether the feelings are verbalized or not.] Does everyone have the same feelings? Why does the same situation affect different people differently?The following worksheet (“The Five Senses”) can be used to help a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism explore sensory responses to various experiences so that they will be better equipped to identify and avoid stimulations that could lead to sensory confusion.