Puberty is a tumultuous time for any child, but for a child with Autism, it is an especially confusing and scary time. For example, a young woman may not understand what is happening to her body each month when she is menstruating. A young man may not understand why he feels that tingle in his groin when his young female teacher walks by him or brushes up against his arm by accident.
Many of the body changes, such as breast buds, facial hair, hair under the arms, a deepened voice, etc, are changes and transitions that don't make a lot of sense. And as we know with many of our children on the Autistic Spectrum, change means transition and transitions trigger anxiety and possibly agitation and aggression.
Click here to read my latest article with The Autism Notebook, entitled, "Facing Puberty Head On" where I offer suggestions and strategies to help you help your child make the transition into puberty.
That's right - not all screen time is created equal!
It is probably a given that your child with ADHD LOVES technology and is more likely to use it than a notebook or planner.
Click here to find out how to use technology in the classroom to help your child with ADHD to get organized in school and get homework done in my latest blog with ADDitude Magazine.
Please join me for at Whole Foods (Madison) as I present on the topic of "Anxiety and School Refusal"!
Date: Thursday April 16, 2015
Place: Whole Foods, 222 Main Street, Madison NJ
RSVP: 973 822 8444
Click here to see the Press Release
Dr. Liz Matheis
Dr Liz Matheis and her team specialize in assisting children and their families with Anxiety, Autism, AD/HD, Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Struggles