For all the focus on children with autism these days, it can be just as challenging if not more so to raise a teen with the disorder. After all, teens must learn to handle much more intense social and academic expectations while also gaining independence.

But while the issues are different, many of the tactics remain the same, says Ron Leaf of Autism Partnership, an autism therapy center.

The keys to success are to focus on the individual’s strengths and praise them, encourage friendships, promote independence, have high expectations and practice skills repeatedly, reports ABC News. To watch the video click here.

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