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Does an autistic child have more problems during puberty?

Q: I am working with a child who has been diagnosed with autism and is beginning to hit puberty. The problem is that he is non verbal, not potty trained and has major rage attacks. The problem has been getting worse over the past couple of months and the parents believe it is due to puberty. Could it be a possibility?

A:From the few details you have given, it is not possible to arrive at a diagnosis. However, whether the problem is a complication caused by puberty or not, it exists. There are known methods for toilet training, which you should find out about. Many autistic children have a problem with the sense of smell. Possibly he does not experience the same disgust as we do. However, for a full diagnosis and treatment schedule, you must go to an expert institution.


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