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Becoming Independent as an
Autistic Teenager

Congratulations on taking the first step towards independence! This is a big and exciting journey, and we are here to support you every step of the way. Independence can bring many benefits, including greater freedom, increased self-esteem, and the ability to make your own decisions. It can be a little scary to think about leaving home, but with the right tools and support, you can achieve your goals and live a fulfilling life.

Skills for Independence


  1. Budgeting and Money Management: Budgeting and money management are crucial skills for independence. It's important to be able to manage your finances and make informed decisions about spending and saving. You'll need to understand how to create and stick to a budget, as well as manage your money so you have enough to cover your expenses and save for the future. This skill will also help you to live within your means, avoid debt, and make the most of your income.

  2. Cooking and Meal Planning: Knowing how to prepare healthy and delicious meals can help you save money and maintain a balanced diet. This skill will also allow you to eat what you like, when you like, and avoid the frustration and expense of eating out all the time. Meal planning is also an important part of this skill, as it will help you to make sure you have food in the house when you need it, avoid waste, and make the most of your resources.

  3. Time Management: Being able to plan your day, prioritize tasks, and stay organized can help you make the most of your time and meet your goals. This skill will also help you to avoid feeling overwhelmed and stressed, as you'll be able to manage your time effectively and make sure you have time for the things that matter most to you. Whether it's work, school, hobbies, or spending time with loved ones, having good time management skills will help you to make the most of your life.

  4. Self-Care: Taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally is essential for overall well-being. This includes getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in physical activity. It also means taking time for yourself to relax, reflect, and recharge. Regular self-care can help you to feel better, both physically and mentally, and it will also improve your ability to manage stress and cope with challenges.

  5. Communication: Being able to express your needs, feelings, and thoughts effectively can improve your relationships with others. Good communication skills are important for building and maintaining positive relationships, and they can also help you to resolve conflicts and avoid misunderstandings. Whether it's talking to friends, family, or coworkers, having strong communication skills will help you to build meaningful relationships and navigate the complexities of social interactions.



When Leaving Home Leaving home can be an emotional experience, and it is normal to feel a mix of excitement, fear, and uncertainty. It's important to remember that these feelings are normal and that you are not alone. You may also feel a sense of sadness at leaving behind familiar places and people, but know that these relationships can still remain strong, even from a distance. Try to focus on the positive aspects of your journey and remember that you are growing and learning new skills that will help you achieve your goals.

Improving Relationships


Being independent can have a positive impact on your relationships, both old and new. You will have the opportunity to meet new people and form new connections, as well as to strengthen existing relationships through improved communication and self-expression. You'll also have the freedom to choose who you spend your time with and the ability to build meaningful relationships based on mutual interests and respect. As you become more confident and self-assured, you may also find that others respond positively to your newfound independence, and that your relationships become more meaningful and fulfilling.

Final Words

We hope that this guide has provided you with valuable information and advice as you work towards independence. Remember, this is a journey, and it may take time, patience, and effort, but with determination and support, you can achieve your goals and live a fulfilling life. If you ever feel overwhelmed or need additional support, don't hesitate to reach out to trusted family members, friends, or professionals. We believe in you and are here to support you every step of the way.

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