Transition to Adulthood Coaching
Moving towards Independence for Teens and Young Adults
The transition to adulthood is a challenge for any young person in today’s competitive society, but even more so for young adults who think, process, and interact with the world in ways that are outside the box.
The result? Often, it's a string of unsuccessful attempts to move forward. Struggling with classes, unemployed or in unfulfilling jobs, anxiety climbs and confidence fades. Feelings of isolation and loneliness increase. Parents are frustrated with their young person disappearing into endless hours of gaming or online activities. But the truth is, neurodiverse teens and young adults know the world is waiting. What looks like resistance or laziness is actually anxiety.
Transition to Adulthood Coaching helps neurodiverse teens and young adults learn to value and harness their own unique talents and abilities.
Together with an expert coach, your teen or young adult creates a plan to move forward in multiple areas of life. A joyful & independent life includes not only handling daily responsibilities, but also building relationships and having a sense of meaning or purpose.
Some of the areas of life we cover include:
Career. What do you want to be when you grow up is a fun question at five, but often a terrifying one as a teenager or young adult. Should you attend college or go straight into the workforce? How do you get and keep a job? Many individuals pair individual coaching with participation in our employment training group, which focuses on understanding the unwritten rules of success in the workplace.
Executive Function. Executive Function (EF) challenges are common for neurodiverse people. These often show up as trouble getting started, difficulty staying focused and completing work, as well as challenges with planning and time management. We focus on strategies to maximize EF skills.
Neurodiversity Education. Understanding neurodiversity and how to self-advocate is critical for long-term success. Masking (hiding neurodiverse traits to fit in) is exhausting and damaging. Instead, we focus on being the best version of ourselves.
People. We focus on understanding what it takes to build and maintain friendships, learning how to navigate anxiety in social situations, and improving communication with family members.
Purpose. A sense of purpose comes from being connected with things greater than one's self. For some people, this comes through creative or intellectual pursuits such as art, writing, or a focus on a specific interest. For others, a sense of meaning comes from making the world a better place. We work together to build meaningful activities into daily life.
Sensory Sensitivities. Neurodiverse people react to sensory stimuli differently than neurotypical people. Loud noises may feel unbearable. Sensitivity to texture or taste may result in eating a limited range of foods. Difficulty with temperature regulation can make a hot room or the entire season of summer miserable. We talk about why sensory sensitivities exist and how to navigate them.
The Nuts and Bolts of Independent Living. Other goals we often work on include the practical details of life. These can include hygiene (showers & brushing teeth are common challenges), handling household responsibilities, managing money, transit options, making doctor's appointments, and the other routine things we all need to do in life.