Top 5 Strategies for “Explaining to Girls with Autism the Physical Changes Associated with Puberty.”

Going through puberty can be stressful for any adolescent, but autism brings further challenges into the mix. Last week we polled our readers for their strategies in explaining to girls with autism the physical changes associated with puberty.  Here are your Top Five Tips:

1. Plan ahead. Start forming a plan for explaining puberty well in advance of the actual onset. Access resources and talk to other parents and professionals well before puberty hits.

2. Use social stories to prepare your child for what to expect. There are many appropriate social stories available online and in bookstores.

3. Accentuate the positive aspects of the situation. Instead of presenting information as “problems,” emphasize that physical changes are important signs of becoming an adult.

4. Access age-appropriate books if your child is a reader so she can learn in privacy and at her leisure. This can be especially helpful if there is reluctance to discuss personal topics, but be sure your child knows you’re happy to answer any questions she may have.

5. Tailor your message to your child. Present everything in a manner suited to your child’s level of comprehension, and try to avoid information overload.

For more information on this topic, read this very informative blog post by Kim Linderman “Puberty and Your Child with Autism”.

Check back with The Autism File on Facebook later this week for another opportunity to share your expertise with others.  Your strategies and ideas can make a difference for other autism families!

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