My 12 year old son has Autism and things seem to be getting worse with puberty does anyone know if this is normal and have and good stratagies all the old ones dont seem to be working any more.
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Donna - posted on 03/20/2009
I have a 10 yr old girl with autism, she is going through the changes of puberty and has also got worse with her behaviors, with autistic kids visual things work, we have a strip chart, and rules that go with it, ie if she does things without being asked she gets 3 strips being asked 2 asked twice 1 asked 3 times she loses 3 strips, if she frowns is rude or is nasty to brothers or sisters she loses 3
she has 20 strips, if she reaches 20 she gets a treat ie sweets, time on the computer, if she drops below 8 3 times in a week she loses something, now we do friends as she has a friend round most days she loses one of those visits. she hates that
We find it works very well and rarely get into battles with her now, if you want more info on this let me know x
Kim - posted on 04/22/2009
I have an autistic son who just turned 17. They are very much like any other pre-teen. My son is moderate to high functioning and he started having a lot of anxiety about that time. Some of it is hormonal and some is change, ie: middle school to high school. the best advice I can give and it is hard but try to stay true to the rules you have set out and try to remain calm. Good luck!
Kellymarie - posted on 03/19/2009
My stepdaughter is within the relm and her skills dropped during the early times, but shes almost 14 and its getting better. During her period, forget about it--- no retaining anything new at all- gets overwhelmed easily.... I have heard this before that during kids cycle, every 7 yrs of so-- they seem to be off and tend to backslide, but they recover...
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Debra Lynn - posted on 07/21/2012
PROZAC works I have a 13 yr old Autistic daughter. She (uses speech device) would tell me she sad all the time!! I HAVE NEVER used drugs on her she is GF/CF lactose intolerant ect. 10ml does the trick THANK GOD!! Doc said once she has her period she will calm and we can take her off them. Good luck Deb
Heather - posted on 05/25/2010
Wow this sound so familiar my son is 10 years old and is hitting puberty and has autism. He has been saying and doing really weird things. It has concerned me so much that I quiet my job thinking that If I had to be there for him I could. I have consulted with grandparents and father and they are clueless what to do. The only thing I know is to do is get him professional help! any suggestions
Bev - posted on 04/20/2009
My 13 yr old son Has Autism and is finding puberty quite difficult. His behaviour is more difficult and he often has the blue's. I explained to him about puberty in a simply way and he will often come to me now and tell me that he feels sad...cross etc we then talk about this which he responds to. This kind of approach works well for Simon, but may not be the answer for you. Wishing you well, Bev :)
Mary - posted on 03/19/2009
I also have a child with autism, she is 21 now and still continues to have behaviors, they were the worst through puberty. She does very well with a lot of structure and a good schedule. We can be sure of a meltdown if we surprise her or don't mentally prepare her for change. She also does much better with some choice in what is happening. I give her two choices and they are both pre-determined to be okay, she is happy to have something to contribute. I wish I could tell you your son will grow out of the behaviors. The behaviors will change as he gets older.
I have been dealing with the same issues. He is in a growth spurt to boot, and has been regressing in his hygeine and manners. Of course, this is always the case. I have a couple of books that i refer to quite frequently for these kinds of questions.
Lisa - posted on 03/18/2009
I also have a 12 year old son with autism and I've found his behaviors have gotten a lot worse. His doctor says it's very common and should calm down when he's a little older. So I think it is normal, unfortunately I am still looking for new strategies myself! If I find something that works I'll definately share!
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