ASD and Navigating through Adolescence

April 17, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Adolescence is a tumultuous time for everyone, including individuals with Developmental Disabilities (DD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  ASD includes Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).  Often time, individuals with DD and ASD may have intellectual disabilities and delays in development so we tend to forget that they also experience the significant physiological and social-emotional changes like everyone else.  As individuals enter the middle and high school age for any child, it is important to incorporate related developmental factors, including puberty, sexuality, mood changes, and independent living ability in their daily lives.  These are issues that impact all children, including children with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), coming into adolescences.  These issues also drive how we approach treating adolescents with ASD in teaching skills and addressing their behaviors.   Read the rest of this entry →

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