Most teens text all the time. For my graduating senior, this is a new skill. It is an exciting one for me and his teachers because it will help him with social interaction without the pressure of being face to face. As an experienced autism mon, one of the trucks I’ve learned is, you’ll often get a more positive response from your teen when you text them the request rather than ask face to face. Not because they are teens as much as because with autism, the face to face interaction adds a level of anxiety to the mix that often spins things negatively for the recipient of your question. So, texting removes that layer of pressure and makes things easier. With my son texting friends, I can peek I’ve his shoulder and give him some question prompts—ask your friend what he did today...ask him what kinds of movies he likes.
The best part is the joy on my son’s face when he sees the answers and has those interactions. He didn’t even know what he was missing—and now he wants to do it more—it’s delightful. Makes this mom happy. Makes the boy happy.