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How can I teach my teen with autism to control his emotions?

Chantal Sicile-Kira
Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities
Every teen must learn to control his or her reactions to emotional feelings and sensory overload. Hopefully, by adolescence, your child has learned to recognize his feelings and impending emotional or sensory overload, and has discovered ways to handle the situation. In school, this could mean practicing self-calming techniques or signaling to the aide or teacher they need a break and having a safe place or quiet room to visit. At home, teens should have their own quiet spot to retreat to when overwhelmed. And parents should respect their need to do so.

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