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High School Bound: A Mother’s Guide to Preparing Your ASD Child for the Next Adventure

Hello, lovely mothers of the Aspie Whisperer community! Today, we’re embarking on a new journey – the transition to high school – with our ASD children. This can be a time filled with excitement and apprehension, but fear not, for we are here to guide you through this transition with humour, empathy, and practical tips.

The Adventure Begins: Preparing for Change

High school is a big step for any child, but for our ASD children, it can be particularly challenging. Start preparing them early by discussing what to expect, visiting the new school, and creating a visual schedule to help them understand the new routine. Remember, a little preparation goes a long way!

Navigating Social Waters: Making Friends and Building Connections

Socializing can be daunting for our ASD children, but high school offers a fresh start and new opportunities to make friends. Encourage them to join clubs or groups that align with their interests, as this can be a great way to meet like-minded peers. Remind them that it’s okay to take things slow and that friendships take time to develop.

Academic Adventures: Supporting Learning and Growth

Academically, high school brings new challenges and responsibilities. Help your child stay organized with a planner and encourage them to advocate for themselves if they need extra support. Remember, every child learns differently, so find what works best for your child and support them in their academic journey.

Coping with Change: Managing Anxiety and Stress

Change can be stressful for anyone, but for our ASD children, it can be particularly overwhelming. Teach them coping strategies such as deep breathing exercises or mindfulness techniques to help them manage anxiety. Encourage open communication and let them know that it’s okay to ask for help when they need it.

Celebrating Milestones: Embracing the Journey

As our children embark on this new adventure, it’s important to celebrate their milestones and successes, no matter how small. Whether it’s acing a test or making a new friend, every achievement is worth celebrating. Remember, you’re not alone on this journey – we’re here to support each other every step of the way.

As we prepare our ASD children for the adventure of high school, let’s approach this transition with optimism and a sense of adventure. Together, we can empower our children to navigate this new chapter with confidence and resilience.

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