Autism and puberty can be a very confusing time for both kids and parents.

In addition to hormonal and body changes, the teenage years come with a lot of emotional and social changes that can be particularly overwhelming and difficult for children on the autism spectrum. Communication challenges, an inability to express emotions and understand the emotions of others, sensory sensitives, difficulty with transitions, poor impulse control, and problems with self-regulation are all common struggles for kids with autism, and these challenges tend to become more apparent during the teenage years (and beyond).

But it’s not all bad news.

I promise.

With a little bit of planning and preparation, and a whole lot of patience and understanding, autism and puberty can be manageable. Keep reading for our best tips and ideas to help make the transition from childhood to adulthood as seamless as possible.

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