“Can I Hold Your Hand?” Navigating the Dating World When You’re a Teen with Autism - Webinar

NYU Child Study Center

Dating can be hard enough as it is, but when you're a teenager or young adult living on the autism spectrum, it can be even harder. Social cues can be hard to read and sometimes it's difficult to get a message across, so you can only imagine how tricky it is when flirting or in a romantic relationship. Atypical, an upcoming comedy television series from Netflix, explores this through an 18-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder, and his goal to start dating, despite his mother’s hesitation. In this webinar, Katherine Sullivan, PhD, offers information related to the social skills of dating, including how to let someone know you like them, dating safety skills, and how parents can support their teens and young adults.

Presenter: Katherine Sullivan, PhD

A free 30-minute webinar for parents and caregivers from the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone. For information on upcoming workshops, please subscribe for our email updates.

Duration: 30 minutes

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NYU Langone Health’s Child Study Center was founded in 1997 to improve the treatment of child psychiatric disorders through scientific practice, research, and education, and to eliminate the stigma of being or having a child with a psychiatric disorder. We have made major strides towards fulfilling this mission: our research, clinical, educational, and community services have expanded and grown in new directions. In the face of increased threats to our security and safety, our work has highlighted the importance of strengthening resilience in all children as a preventive strategy to enhance and protect their psychological well-being.Although our efforts are making a difference, significant challenges remain. Research shows that over 75 percent of mental health disorders have their roots in the childhood and adolescent years, though fewer than one quarter of children or adolescents needing services receive treatment. Millions of children are never properly diagnosed or treated. In the coming year, we will continue to work for increased awareness of child mental health issues, new knowledge, new treatments, and better care to help give children back their childhood.

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