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Puberty and Adolescence Resource

A Guide for Parents of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Autism Speaks with Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health


This online article provides guidance on the subject of puberty, which can be directly applied to pre-teens with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It aims to increase families' understanding of puberty and their ability to adapt to the accompanying changes with confidence. The guide discusses bodily changes, self-care and hygiene, public vs. private rules, secrets and touch, elopement, and safety planning for increased aggression and internet internet use.

Autism Speaks is an international advocacy organization "dedicated to advancing research into causes and better treatments for autism spectrum disorders and related conditions both through direct funding and collaboration; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorders; and working toward solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families across the spectrum and lifespan through advocacy and support." [Website]

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Where to find this Online Article

1 copy is available at ACT's Family Resource Centre.

This online article is in English


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