Monday, May 2, 2011

Why does it seem like their autism is getting worse when they hit puberty? - Autism College

Why does it seem like their autism is getting worse when they hit puberty? - Autism College

Something happens when children turn into teenagers. They go from demanding your attention to wanting their independence. For those on the spectrum, it may look like non-compliance; they don’t seem to want to follow through on your requests anymore. As a parent it may be hard to appreciate, but this is a necessary development. Being appropriately non-compliant is a positive step towards self-advocacy. However, it is important to differentiate between appropriate teenage non-compliance, and problem behaviors that must be stopped. As a parent it’s important to support your teen as he struggles to become his own person.


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