Posts Tagged ‘autism and puberty’

Supporting a Teenager with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a life long disorder which affects how an individual communicates and relates to other people. Autism Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term that includes many levels of disability from low non-verbal teens to high functioning Asperger Teenagers.

The teenage years for the majority of us are our most social years, but for teenagers with autism these years CAN be fraught with stress, tension, anxiety and confusion.

The transition from childhood to adolescents is called puberty, our bodies change, friendships change, our environment can often change, we develop sexually and we develop socially, our once accepted childish behaviours are now frowned upon and we are expected to “Grow up”.

So how WILL these changes affect a teenager with Autism Spectrum Disorder”?

Being autistic is NOT easy, and being the parent or teacher of an autistic teenager is NOT going to be an easy ride either!

However there ARE treatements which help you in supporting a teenager with Autism Spectrum Disorder like social skills stories. These ARE short descriptive pieces of text which ARE written to help children and teenagers cope with and understand skills, situations and behaviours which confuse of make them anxious.

The adolescent years and puberty ARE difficult subjects for parents and teachers to deal with, using social skills stories can help with autism and puberty, by answering the important questions who, where, what, when and whay as well as how and will offer an insight into whats happening and how other people are feeling, this is an area of marked weakness in most teenagers with autism,

A social story WILL act like a visual framework or plan showing the teen with ASD visually whats occuring. The social story is written from the perspective of the teen with ASD and WILL use first person text, it should be colourful and easy to edit as no two teens are the same and we all use different  terminology therefore editability is important.

Supporting a teenager with Autism Spectrum Disorder need not be fraught with battles social stories WILL help with autism and puberty, hygiene issues, self help issues, social awareness skills, communication difficulties and transitions as well as changes to routines which is also an area of difficulty for many autistic individuals.

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The Terrible Teens – Dealing with Autistic Teenagers

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

For most parents, one of the most trying times in their lives is during their child’s teenage years. “The teenage years” and dealing with autistic teenagers is not easy!

When puberty hits, young adults go through serious changes in their bodies and minds, and parents have little or no control over many situations. In an autistic child, puberty is no different. Although your autistic child is not experiencing puberty in quite the same ways as others his or her age, major hormonal changes still occur in the body. This can lead to extreme results, and this can be either good or bad depending on how your child reacts to the new hormone levels.

One of the scariest side effects of changes for autistic teenagers is the onset of seizures.

Many autistic individuals experience seizures from birth right through to adulthood. However, even if your ASD child does not suffer from these episodes, he or she may begin to experience seizures during puberty and afterwards, due to the new levels of hormones in their body.

Almost a quarter of autistic children experience seizures, but many go undetected because they are not textbook versions of seizures.

If you recognize that your ASD child is experiencing a seizure, you should contact your G.P., he/she will be able to prescribe medications or treatments which will help your autistic teen.

However, if the seizures are subconsciously happening, you and your child may not realize it. The result of these small hidden seizures can be a loss in function, which can be disruptive, especially if you child was improving before puberty. Regular check-ups during puberty, therefore, are extremely important.

The changes many autistic children go through are not necessarily be a bad thing. New hormone levels in the body and the other changes associated with puberty can help your autistic child grow and succeed in areas he or she normally had no skill or interest.

Many parents report that their teen’s behavior improved, and that learning in social settings has become easier.

The important thing about puberty is to learn to monitor the changes in your ASD child very carefully and to ask your doctor lots of questions.

Remember that puberty is a difficult experience for any young adult, and so it will be even more difficult for autistic individuals.

Try using supports for autism and puberty with your aspie teen. Supports like social stories ARE effective around this time of life.

Typically an aspie teen may not understand what is happening to them and CAN become withdrawn, stressed and feel isolated.

The benefit of using supports for autism and puberty like social skills stories for teenagers with autism is that the social story CAN become like a friend (a visual plan or framework) detailing to the teen with autism exactly what is happening and why as well as giving them possible outcomes and suggest behaviors

The social story will answer the “wh questions – who, what, why, where and when” as well as “HOW” and will offer the teen with autism an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness in many autistic individuals.

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