Teaching teens dating
Dating and relationships can be tough for anyone to handle, but teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism face unique challenges.
That’s because they lack certain skills and abilities that make it easier to meet people and to get close to them, both physically and emotionally.
Let’s examine three challenges to successful romantic relationships to see how you can help your teenager.
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.
They may not understand the varying degrees within a single emotion, not comprehending the difference between a slight irritation and rage.
Have them label the photograph with the nonverbal clues that they find. Using role-playing to identify and label emotions as well as nonverbal clues: Role-playing is a great tool to help teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism recognize their own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.
Take turns doing role-plays, and guessing each other's emotions.
Freeze half way through a role-playing turn to point out facial expression, tone of voice, and nonverbal clues.
A mirror may be very helpful when practicing this exercise. Using video to identify and label emotions as well as nonverbal clues: Videotape your teenager displaying any naturally occurring emotions throughout the day.
Show the DVD or tape to your teenager, and freeze when any noticeable emotion is shown.