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Neighborhood child

By November 20, 2020No Comments

There a family in my neighborhood with a child with autism that they use as an excuse a lot. She/he plays in the road, jumps, dances, everything at 8pm sometimes 1am or later. I have called the police but there is nothing they can do because by the time they arrive the incident/situation is not happening anymore. I worry about her safety she is only 13years old she also gets into people’s mail boxes and her family members have stolen things off the property. Teencentral I don’t know what to do. The adults are very rude and self centered and wave the winning million dollar ticket in everyone’s face. There is a lot of tension and anger etc. in my neighborhood.

HELP YOURSELF:

  • It seems like there is a lot going on in your community that might be bringing on some added stress for you. With everything going on, it can get a little confusing on how to feel. That’s OK. TeenCentral is here to help.
  • It is also important to understand that every person is unique and different in their own way. Each person with autism (or any human being in general) has their own strengths and challenges. It may be beneficial to you to better understand autism spectrum disorder to better help the children in your community. Click here to learn what challenges someone with autism may face.
  • It looks like you are concerned with the safety of your neighborhood and the people who live there. If this concern ever gets too overwhelming, it’s important to talk to an adult about some of your thoughts and feelings. A trusted adult, someone like a parent or caregiver, may be better equipped to help your neighborhood. But, don’t forget, your concerns are very real. And it’s a good thing to be concerned for other people’s safety.

CONSIDER THIS:

  • Do you have a pen and paper handy? Make a list of all of your concerns in the neighborhood. Take all of those concerns to a trusted adult. When you are able to organize your thoughts on paper, it will seem less overwhelming when you tell your story. Writing is a great way to get all of those thoughts out of your head and allow you to focus on something else.
  • Now let’s try to find something that brings you happiness. Think of a hobby or an activity that can distract you from some of the things happening in your community. Sports, exercise, coloring, games on your phone or tablet? Take time each day (30 minutes or so) to do something that takes the focus off all the other stuff. We can call it “Me Time”.