Strengths and Well-being in Teens with ASD

My name is Katie Franke, and I am a doctoral candidate in school psychology at the University of South Carolina. If you are a caregiver of a teen (ages 13-18) with ASD, I invite you and your teen to participate in an on-line research study of strengths and well-being in teens with ASD who primarily receive education in general and/or resource settings. The online questionnaire (password: research) takes between 20 and 30 minutes total to complete. A caregiver completes the first part, and the teen completes the second part. Participants can enter to win one of eight $25 gift cards! Please feel free to contact me at with any questions. Thanks for your consideration!

Survey Link:
Password: research

Kathleen B. Franke, M.A.
School Psychology Doctoral Candidate
University of South Carolina
1512 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29208


    Parent Representative | April 25, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Beverly, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandson’s issues with aggression. This is not unusual, especially when a child on the spectrum is going through puberty, but it’s troubling and scary all the same. I would suggest getting him back to see the doctor who prescribed the Prozac, telling him/her that you are not seeing a difference in the behavior, and letting the doctor offer suggestions as to what your next step might be. Sometimes medicine alone is not enough to calm the situation down, and some sort of behavior therapy is indicated. Discuss this with your doctor too. If you are looking for a behavior therapist, please contact me at 615-385-2077, ext. 1 or, and I will be happy to make some recommendations. One last thing: If your grandson gets to the point where he might hurt himself or someone else, you may have to consider a short hospital stay in a psychiatric hospital to tweak his meds and get the situation under control. If he sees a psychiatrist, ask him for a procedure to follow should this occur. Good luck! Carolyn Shindler, Autism TN Parent Rep

    Beverly Greene | April 24, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    My grandson age 17 has become very aggressive. We have him seeing mental health and the have him on 30 mill of Prozac. He’s been on it about 6 weeks but he is still agressive. He has never been like this he has been the best kid ever. We must know what to do . Scared he is going to hurt someone.

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