Real Life with Autism: One T.V. Show’s Portrayal of Life with Autism

Atypical blog post

By Samantha Kolkey

To continue on the theme from the first blog post this week, I want to explore people’s opinions about the Netflix series “Atypical.”  This series aims to provide the viewer with a look into the real life of a teen with autism, and the challenges he faces in day to day life.

I recently began watching the series and felt that this would be a helpful way for people to gain a deeper understanding of what life is like through the eyes of a teen with autism. As Options for College Success works with young adults with learning challenges and disabilities, the series has provided me with greater insight into the perspective of a teen with autism. Navigating the dating scene, work, school, and family life can be anxiety provoking for most teens and young adults (actually let’s be honest here, it is for most everyone). This anxiety is much greater when identifying social cues and understanding the gray areas of life is perplexing.

How accurate is this series’ depiction from your point of view?

One of my favorite websites to explore for articles and resources about mental health and disabilities, The Mighty, posted a review of the series written by a teen with autism. Check it out!


Author: optionsforcollegesuccess

Options for College Success is incorporated as a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization. The population we serve are young adults with learning challenges and disabilities. Our program focuses on six areas of a student's life. We take an individualized approach to ensure that each student is able to realize their full potential. No cutting corners, just the help they need when they need it. 847.425.4797

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