Blue Compass

We are a summer camp for ages 7-22 with adhd/add, asperger’s, & high-functioning autism who can benefit from camps focused on building personal and social confidence.  Based out of Seattle, Washington, we operate programs throughout the Pacific NW.

Check out our newest program –  Adventure Club!  Once-a-month adventures for teens and young adults!


Life after high school, ten skills to teach your child

By Diane Adreon, M.A.
Autism Support Network

Teaching adaptive behavior is one of the areas that are often overlooked for  high-functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorders. However, adaptive  behaviors have a tremendous impact on our ability to use our skills in common  situations in everyday life. The following adaptive behavior skills are  important if our children are going to experience success without our daily  assistance. Of course, every child is different. Often it is not possible to  master these skills by the end of high school. However, most of our children can  improve and become more independent if we consciously work on skills in these  areas.

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Autistic teens thrive with chance to shine

Futurity – August 2, 2012
Posted by Andrea Estrada-UCSB

Autistic adolescents are able to make friends when given a chance to play up their strengths—like high intelligence and very specific interests, say researchers.The junior high and high school years are emotionally challenging even under the best of circumstances, but for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), that time can be particularly painful. Lacking the social skills that enable them to interact successfully with their peers, these students are often ostracized and even bullied by their classmates.

The new study conducted by researchers at the Koegel Autism Center at University of California, Santa Barbara also shows that the area of the brain that controls such social behavior is not as damaged in adolescents with ASD as was previously believed.

The findings appear in a recent issue of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.

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Northwest Center – New Teen Program

We are an after-school program that runs Monday – Friday | 3pm-6pm.
During the summer we run a full-day program from 7am-6pm.

Contact: Amy Bender, M.A.
Email: | Program Supervisor
Northwest Center Teen Program
Phone: 206-963-3025

Preparing for the World of Work

From OAR E-News | subscribe
The OARacle | October 2012

How to

By Aaron Greene and Beth Thompson

15 Tips from a Teen with Autism
Preparing for the World of Work

Aaron Greene is a senior at Beachwood High School in Beachwood, Ohio. He is active in the marching band and enjoys playing music in his free time. Aaron participates in many community activities and enjoys spending time in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where he hopes to live as an adult. He aspires to work in the music industry field after graduation from high school.

Beth Thomson | Teen/adult service coordinator

Beth Thompson, teen/adult service coordinator at Milestones, worked with Greene.

Beth Thompson, MSSA, is the teen/adult services coordinator for Milestones Autism Organization and principal staff for The Roadmap to Adulthood Project. Thompson serves on the Regional Transition Advisory Committee for State Support Team Region 3 where she participates in countywide event planning for students with disabilities graduating from high school. She is certified as a customized employment specialist.

Aaron Greene has always been a good student, but it took learning different skills to prepare him to become a good worker. In the summer of 2011, Greene got his first chance to practice the vocational skills he had learned in a community-based internship with Milestones Autism Organization, located just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. As an intern at Milestones, Greene worked with Teen/Adult Services Coordinator Beth Thompson.

Greene credits his family, teachers, and friends for helping him prepare for his first internship and begin his path towards a productive vocational future. He in turn, wants to pass on the most important things he learned about being a successful intern to other young people on the autism spectrum. Continue Reading →

Autism College

Get Educated About Autism

Autism College is a place where anyone can get educated about Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Whether you are a parent, educator or job coach who needs practical information and tips
for raising and teaching children and teens on the autism spectrum, or a community member
who wants to know more, this is the place for you.


Study: Interventions for Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Little Known About Helping Teens, Adults With Autism

DisabilityScoop – August 28, 2012

As a wave of kids with autism enter the transition stage, strikingly little is known about the best interventions for teens and young adults with the disorder, a new analysis finds.

In a review of more than 4,500 studies on autism interventions published between 1980 and 2011, Vanderbilt University researchers found just 32 focused on therapies for people ages 13 to 30. And among the small number of existing studies, many were poorly done, according to the analysis released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


See also:
Effective Health Care Programs – Comparative Effectiveness Review
Interventions for Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders


FEAT Transition for Teens

The FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) Transitions for Teens program seeks to increase social competence and skills to help adolescents access and navigate their world.

The core curriculum is designed to build skills in self-determination, social/communication, self-advocacy, self-management, navigation, leisure, health, hygiene, safety, daily living, and academics.

Phone: (206) 763-3373

DO-IT | Univ. of Washington

(Disabilities, Opportunities, Internet-working, and Technology)

Mission: DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.

Phone: (206) 685-DOIT or (888) 972-DOIT

College: You Can DO-IT! video |
Preparing for College: An Online Tutorial |
AccessSTEM: The Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Gametalk: A Social Skills and Friendship Group

Gametalk is a social skills and friendship group for ages 13-18. Use of fun games to engage teens in socialization with peers.

When: Fridays, 5:30-7:15 pm
Where: 511- 28th Ave East | Seattle, WA

Ongoing group – participants can be involved for as long as they’d like.

Phone: Pete Weiss at (206)245-9975