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Youth (12 to 18 years):

Seeking Identity. Facing New Challenges and Embracing the Future.

Adolescence, spanning from 12 to 18 years, represents a phase of unique metamorphosis and complexity in human development. Children transform into teenagers and then into young adults amidst significant hormonal, psychological, and social changes. Adolescence is particularly complex for young individuals within the autism spectrum, filled with major transformations and social demands. 

Puberty brings typical physical changes for all teenagers, but for autistic individuals, it can be overwhelming due to their sensitivity to hormonal and sensory stimuli. They need to be guided with great patience and care. 

Interpersonal relationships and peer pressure intensify during this time. Difficulties in managing social expectations and fitting in can impact self-esteem. Constant reinforcement of social skills is necessary. 

Schooling remains crucial, requiring support to tackle growing academic demands and achieve positive integration with peers. 

With adaptations, motivation, and collaboration between parents, therapists, and educators, autistic youths can discover unique talents and shape a life plan that enables a successful transition to adulthood. 

Explore this category to learn more about this stage, filled with discoveries, including first-hand experiences from young individuals within the autism spectrum.

ARTICLES

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Lisa Morgan

The Power of Being Accepted

I got a homemade gift the other day. It’s absolutely incredible in so many ways. The gift itself is beautiful, the person who made it even more so. There are many layers of meaning within the gift; I’m still processing it days later. 

I want to share one meaning because it shows the power of acceptance. 

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Autistic Mind
Divershines

Exploring the Autistic Mind: Myths vs. Realities

The autistic mind is often surrounded by myths and misconceptions. Understanding the realities of Autism Spectrum (ASD) is crucial for promoting acceptance and support. This post aims to dispel common myths and shed light on the truths about autism. 

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OVERWHELMED PARENTS
Divershines

Overwhelmed Parents

As a parent, receiving a diagnosis of autism for your child can be overwhelming and confusing. It is natural to feel a range of emotions, including fear, sadness, and uncertainty. However, it is important to remember that you are not alone and that there is professional help available to support you and your child. 

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Sensory Integration
Divershines

Sensory Integration

Sensory integration is a process that allows us to receive, process, and use the information we receive through our senses. In the case of autism, this process can be affected and have a significant impact on the daily lives of those who experience it.

Sensory integration in autism refers to how individuals with this condition process and use sensory information they receive. This can include how they perceive sounds, light, touch, and other sensory stimuli.

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Inclusion is not a trend, nor a privilege, it's a right
Ileana Hieber Hernández

Inclusion is not a trend, nor a privilege, it’s a right

My wish as a person with a disability is that people with disabilities stop struggling one day regarding issues related to educational and employment inclusion and start worrying about our next trip, having fun with our friends, planning our wedding, visiting the salon, or buying our own apartment with inclusion being an already solved and outdated issue.

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can animals be autistic?
Divershines

Understanding Neurodiversity: Can animals be autistic?

This question opens a fascinating chapter in exploring neurodiversity beyond the human experience, extending into the animal kingdom. This article seeks to delve into the parallels between certain behaviors in some animals and what we recognize as the autistic spectrum (ASD) in humans.

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