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Puberty and beyond for Aspergers

Puberty brings with it challenges for all children, however, children with ASD face increased challenges through puberty. The behavior issues of impulsivity can increase in both frequency and intensity. Children who have experienced bullying and experience bullying in the middle school years may become increasingly aggressive. Adolescence can become a very difficult time for a child with Aspergers Syndrome as peers may no longer be willing to tolerate someone who seems different. Moodiness, depression and anxiety can also develop in adolescence due to hormonal imbalances, and the increased separation of the child with ASD and their peers.

This is a time of their life when social demands become more complex and it becomes increasingly important to be able to understand social cues. Children with ASD can be more vulnerable to manipulation by others and peer pressure. They are likely to experience more rejection among their peers. With individuals who have autism/Asperger's syndrome, interaction with peers usually creates more anxiety than
interaction with younger or older people.

Autism-Asperger's & Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond by Jerry and Mary Newport; foreward by Teresa Bolick  is unique in that it is written by individuals who have both been diagnosed with ASD. This provides the opportunity to learn directly from those affected.

As a resource for both parents and adolescents with ASD, the authors provide a direct view of how difficult it can be to "fit in" with others, and how difficult it can be to try to live a "normal" life. Specifically for adolescents with ASD, this book can provide some comfort and understanding, enabling them to see that they are not alone, and that there is the possibility of a successful relationship with another individual. Check it out by clicking Autism-Asperger's & Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond by Jerry and Mary Newport; foreward by Teresa Bolick


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