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Autism and Puberty

April 23 2024

Going through puberty is challenging for any child, but for kids on the autism spectrum, for whom change is often distressing, it can be especially difficult, even disturbing. Dramatic changes in their bodies, new desires and sensations, more complicated social interactions — all can be daunting for tweens and teens with autism.

This week at, we explore how parents can support autistic children going through puberty by being proactive — preparing kids for the changes they will experience well before they happen to mitigate anxiety and fear. In honor of Autism Month, we also discuss the neurodiversity movement, which embraces the unique strengths of people with autism, and how teachers can support neurodivergent students in school. We also examine why families of severely autistic children are proposing a separate diagnosis called profound autism and how it could help kids get better supports.

– Caroline Miller, Editorial Director | 

Related Resources

Autism and Puberty

How to help kids on the spectrum navigate big changes.


What Is Neurodiversity?

And how can parents support kids who are neurodivergent?


How Schools Can Support Neurodiverse Students

Giving kids tools to thrive academically and socially.


What Is Profound Autism?

A proposed category for kids on the severely impaired end of the autism spectrum.


Pathological Demand Avoidance in Kids

When children resist anything that feels like a demand.


How Early Puberty Affects Children’s Mental Health

Tips for supporting kids through a challenging transition.


Parenting Tweens: What You Should Know

Explaining the challenges of early adolescence.


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