I just wanted to add this video which is made by autistic young people who are part of ‘Spectrum Gaming’. It may be useful when working with autistic teens:
Spectrum Gaming is an organisation which was set up by Andy Smith, an autistic advocate and gamer. I’ll add a link to their website but here is some info about their aims:
“Spectrum Gaming is an online community for autistic young people which has three main intended outcomes:
1) Building Friendships – A lot of autistic young people are lonely, isolated and struggle with friendships. We wanted to create a community where autistic young people feel comfortable and can make strong friendships in a safe way. Our main provision is our online community, that anyone from across the UK can access. We also run meet ups for young people who live in the Greater Manchester area.
2) Increasing Self-Acceptance – Because of how much people misunderstand autism and the way it is diagnosed, unfortunately many autstic people hate their diagnosis or feel ashamed of being autistic. We want to make sure as many autistic people as possible are able to accept their differences and live the happiest lives they can
3) Advocacy – We don’t just want to be a community that enables autistic young people to develop meaningful friendships and develop a more positive perspective of autism. We want to create a movement that will have a positive influence on society through advocacy, and enable strategical change to ensure the needs of autistic young people are met across the UK. We have created a platform where young people can share their voices through content, talks and more. You can see some examples of content we produce on our YouTube channel.”