“About Autism Grows Up:
Autism affect 1 in 49 children but they don’t stay kids – they grow up and the challenges are different.
At twenty-one, Suzie has withdrawn from a world she finds alien and confusing. Ability is not the problem, nor is interest – many things fascinate her. But, she has Asperger’s Syndrome and high anxiety. To her, the world is a harsh, scary place where she does not fit. She spends much of her day sleeping and most of her nights on the computer. Her mother, Amanda, wishes Suzie would get a job, go to school or at least help out around the house. Suzie feels that her time is amply filled with the compelling world lurking within her computer.Amanda has two full time jobs – one involves working at the office every day, the second involves looking after Suzie.
Amanda wants more for Suze, but does not know how to help her move forward. When she tries putting pressure on her, Suzie suffers from paralyzing anxiety, resulting in morose withdrawal or worse, lengthy tantrums. Suzie is most content when alone in the basement with her computer. Staring at her monitor, the rest of the world falls away and she feels at home.
Amanda is torn. She met this gentleman, Jack. It would be nice to spend time with someone other than her brother and daughter but Suzie wouldn’t like it and she needs her mother desperately. Amanda’s brother asks uncomfortable questions like what will become of Suzie if something happens to Amanda. Jack gently persists and Amanda glimpses what her life could be like.
Suzie resents the time her mom spends with Jack and makes her mother pay for the hours not devoted to her daughter. Then, they have a home invasion. When an intruder breaks into the house, Amanda has only Suzie to rely on.
Targeted Age Group: Adults – parents and teachers
Written by: Dr. Sharon A. Mitchell
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Dr. Sharon A. Mitchell has worked as teacher, counselor, psychologist and consultant for several decades. Her Masters and PhD. degrees focused on autism spectrum disorders and helping kids to reach as high a level of independence as possible. She’s author “Autism Goes to School”, the award-winning Amazon bestseller.
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