WORKING WITH TEENS – 5 QUICK TIPS
The teen years are complicated and exciting. Teens with and without disabilities share similar struggles from wanting to belong to something, to grappling with their differences and challenges, to finding ways to connect meaningfully with each other.
- Remember, teens with disabilities deal with many of the same issues as their peers without disabilities.
- Provide opportunities for teens with diverse needs to identify with and explore their feelings about disability and difference.
- Allow a place for all teens – with and without disabilities – to come together, socialize, and develop meaningful friendships.
- Use age-appropriate activities and respectful language that acknowledges the changing needs of all teens of all abilities, especially those with more complex needs and cognitive differences.
- Appreciate the opportunity to be a role model and mentor to teens as they navigate the journey towards adulthood.